See how Washington, DC is doing in returning the 2010 Decennial Census forms. You can use this tool from the Census to track what percentage of your community has returned the Census, compare participation with other ZIPs, cities, states, and see how that stands up to the return rate in 2000. Not real-time, but updated daily. I think can generate some healthy competition between communities and potentially help raise the response.
As of this morning, the national participation rate in the Census is at 29%. Washington, DC is currently at 25% and it looks as if the current highest response rates by state are for North Dakota (45%), South Dakota (43%), Montana (42%), Nebraska (40%), and Wisconsin (39%). If you’re from a different city or state, what’s your community’s return % so far? Think this tool is useful?
Full disclosure: I currently work with the Census Bureau, but I’m posting this because I’m a geek about maps, not because anyone asked me to do so. And no worries, government and taxpayers: I’m on my lunch break.