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Polk County Census participation lagging behind state, nation responses
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON — 2010 Census participation rates in Polk County are lagging behind state and national averages, while many area residents say they plan to participate but have not received a form. Census officials show a 36 percent “participation” rate for Polk County, compared to Texas rate of 44 percent and 50 percent for the U.S. as a whole. In neighboring San Jacinto County, the Census Bureau says participation rates are at 32 percent. In 2000, only 48 percent of Polk County households responded to the census, while the statewide rate was 68 percent and 72 percent in the U.S. For 2010 Hardin County has a rate of 46 percent; Tyler County 35 percent; Angelina County 48 percent and Trinity County 30 percent. Renee Clark says the Census Bureau is continuing to send forms out and she asks residents to wait until April 11 for their form to arrive. If you’d like to go ahead and mark the census off your 2010 to do list, forms are available at the Polk County Emergency Management Office, the Pct. 3 Polk County Road and Bridge office near Corrigan and Onalaska City Hall. Census officials also plan to distribute Census forms at Wal-Mart on Saturday, April 10. Staff members also will be available to answer questions about completing the form. Texas stands to gain an additional four seats in the U.S. Congress if counters get sufficient participation. Officials hope heightened attention will see responses surge. Results of the county will also determine new boundary lines for the Texas Senate and House of Representatives as well as the four commissioner’s precincts in Polk County.