Us Census Saves More Than A Billion Dollars

08.10.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  The U.S. Census has managed to come in more than one-billion-dollars under budget this year.  The Census Bureau says one-point-six billion dollars were saved in the 2010 count of the nation's population.  A strong mail-in response rate is being cited as one of the factors driving the savings.  Seventy-two percent of households mailed in responses, cutting the money spent on follow ups.

More savings came from untapped funds for disasters or operational breakdowns, as well as an efficient workforce.  The biggest savings was in disaster funding, at 800-million dollars.  Another 650-million dollars was saved because workers had to make fewer in-person follow-up visits to complete unreturned census questionnaires.  The savings add up to more than one-fifth of census costs during this fiscal year.