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Last call for census forms
Non-responders can expect visit
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Forsyth County News
Most Forsyth County residents will not be getting a knock on their door from U.S. Census workers.

But anyone who doesn’t send their 2010 census form back by today, likely will receive a friendly visit.

“We’re training people we’ve hired and all our people are going to be out May 1,” said Dick Gormly, manager of the Alpharetta Census Office, whose coverage area includes Forsyth.

So far, about 69 percent of county residents have filled out and returned their census forms.

That’s ahead of the national mail response average of 66 percent, and the state average of 63 percent.

There will be a slight gap for forms sent back today to be counted, so Gormly said he’s hopeful the county can surpass its 2000 census mail response of about 72 percent.

The Big Creek, Brookwood and Shakerag areas of the county are leading mail responses with about 75 percent, followed by Ducktown and the Polo Fields with 72 percent.

Coal Mountain and Silver City, which have posted some of the lowest local response rates at 64 percent, are still ahead of the state average.

For every 1 percent of the population that doesn’t respond to the questionnaire, census figures show, it costs about $2.7 million to track down their responses.

“I’d like to be a lot higher, but we’re progressing toward that,” Gormly said. “It’s not over yet. The numbers are still coming in.
“Hopefully, we’ll see a continued increase.”