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Apr 12, 2010 11:48 AM by Associated Press

Census: Minority areas, cities lagging in response

With five days left for people to mail their census forms, Census Bureau director Robert Groves is urging those in big cities and border regions to step up the response to avoid personal visits by census takers.

So far, about 65 percent have completed the 10-question form. The Midwest leads the pack, while the southern and western U.S. and big cities such as New York, Chicago and Philadelphia are lagging. Most of the areas lagging behind have more minority and non-English speaking people.

At a news conference Monday, Groves said things have generally gone well, but the clock is ticking for people to mail their forms by Friday.

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