The 2010 Census is in full swing – the target date of April 1st is coming up soon. I mailed my form back last week. If you’re curious as to how many others have mailed theirs back, check out the bureau’s interactive Take 10 Map. Built on top of a Google Map interface, it allows you to track participation rates by state, county, place, reservation, and census tract. You can zoom in to change the scale and select different geography, or enter a zip code, city, or state to zoom to an area of choice. Clicking on an area will display it’s participation rate to date, compared to the state and national rates.
Data is updated daily, Monday through Friday. Once you click on a particular area, if you click the Track Participation Rate link it will create a widget that you can embed in a website to provide the updated rate. Unlike a lot of the other interactive web maps floating around these days, the bureau does give you the ability to download the actual data behind the map, if you want to do some analysis of your own.