In part, saving money was made easier because 72 percent of households completed the mail-in form (analysts had predicted a 65% return rate). Commerce Secretary Gary Locke noted that “For every 1 percent additional mail-back response, we save some $85 million in paying people to go door-to-door.”
Additionally, about $800 million set aside for disaster contingency planning was fortunately not needed.
The official census report will be out later this year.
Read the Census Director’s Blog here.