Not All Sheep

In “A Nation of Sheep,” I expressed my disappointment that the mail participation rate for Census 2010 is the same as it was for Census 2000. But not all residents of all States were equally compliant. The following table sorts the States by the changes in their participation rates between 2000 and 2010:

Change in Mail Participation Rate, by State (percentage)

State Census 2000 Census 2010 Change

Wyoming 72 68 -4

Colorado 73 70 -3

Montana 70 67 -3

Nebraska 79 76 -3

North Dakota 76 73 -3

Oklahoma 69 66 -3

South Dakota 78 75 -3
Alaska 64 62 -2
California 73 71 -2
New Mexico 65 63 -2
South Carolina 65 63 -2
West Virginia 66 64 -2
Arizona 68 67 -1
Arkansas 68 67 -1
Connecticut 75 74 -1
Idaho 75 74 -1
Iowa 79 78 -1
Louisiana 65 64 -1
Massachusetts 74 73 -1
Missouri 74 73 -1
New Hampshire 71 70 -1
New Jersey 73 72 -1
Ohio 77 76 -1
Wisconsin 82 81 -1
Kansas 75 75 0
Maryland 74 74 0
Michigan 77 77 0
Mississippi 67 67 0
Nevada 69 69 0
Oregon 74 74 0
Pennsylvania 76 76 0
Delaware 68 69 1
Georgia 69 70 1
Maine 65 66 1
New York 66 67 1
Rhode Island 70 71 1
Texas 68 69 1
Hawaii 64 66 2
Illinois 73 75 2
Indiana 76 78 2
Minnesota 78 80 2
Utah 72 74 2
Vermont 65 67 2
Washington 72 74 2

Florida 69 72 3

Virginia 73 76 3

Alabama 66 70 4

Kentucky 70 75 5

Tennessee 69 74 5

North Carolina 66 74 8

Source: Census.gov download.

I have highlighted the States in which participation rates changed significantly (i.e., by more than one standard deviation from the mean). Kudos to the residents of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Honorable mention to the residents of the next seventeen States with negative numbers: Alaska through Wisconsin. Scorn for the lamb-like residents of the thirteen States from Delaware through Washington. And a hearty b-a-a-a to the sheep-like denizens of Florida, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.