Census forms should be mailed by Friday

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At first, Colorado was ahead of the game, and now it’s a tad behind – in returning Census Bureau forms.

Three weeks ago, the state had a 23 percent return rate, while the nation’s rate was 20 percent.

However, with the deadline only three days away, Colorado, at 66 percent, is now slightly behind the nation’s 67 percent rate.

Mandated by the United States Constitution, the Census is held every 10 years. Filling out a form is required by federal law.

After Friday, households that haven’t returned Census forms will be scheduled to receive a visit from a Census worker.

Census data is vital to the community. Among other things, results are used to distribute government money and to apportion representatives in Congress.