TAVARES — The Lake County Complete Count Committee received information this month from the U.S. Census Bureau about several communities in Lake County that have been identified with potentially low return rates of the census questionnaire.
The majority of residents in Lake County began receiving the 10-question census form in the mail this week. The questionnaire is due by Census Day on April 1. The communities the U.S. Census Bureau has identified as potentially “hard to count” include:
- Leesburg — east of U.S. Highway 27, north of Dixie Avenue and south of U.S. Highway 441 (Census tract 12069030602)
- Fruitland Park — east of the county line, north of State Road 44, west of U.S. Highway 27/441 and south of Pine Ridge Dairy Street (Census tract 12069030501)
- Eustis — east of Apiary Road, north of Orange Avenue, west of County Road 44 and south of Pine Meadows Golf Course Road (Census tract 12069030201)
- Mascotte & Groveland — east of the county line, north of State Road 50, west of Lake Minneola Shores and south of Florida’s Turnpike (Census tract 12069031201)
According to census data from 2000, the response rate for Lake County was 68 percent. The Lake County Complete Count Committee is working for an increase in 2010. It is estimated that it costs the Census Bureau $90 million for every 1 percent of U.S. households where workers have to go back and knock on doors.
“Sixty-eight percent might seem like a great rate, but if we have to go back and knock on 32 percent of doors in these areas, that gets expensive,” said Robert Peraza, Chairman of the Lake County Complete Count Committee. “I think it’s essential to encourage people to participate in this as it will benefit our community.”
The shortest census questionnaire in U.S. history, the 2010 census takes only 10 minutes to complete and provides critical demographic information that will determine:
- How the federal government allocates more than $400 billion to states and communities for services
- Locations for retail stores, school, hospitals and other community facilities
- The number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts
For more information about the 2010 U.S. Census including maps of the four census tracts, log on to http://census.lakecountyfl.gov.