Regarding "County ahead in census response," the government isn't trying very hard to get an accurate count of residents. I've lived in the county for five years and I didn't receive a census form. Why not? I haven't moved in two years. I'm an American citizen. The DMV, the IRS and the voters registration board all have my current address on file.
I went to the U.S. Census Web site and found no information on where I can pick up a census form. I sent an e-mail and didn't receive an answer. I guess the government is only interested in counting wealthy homeowners.
I doubt that a census counter will come to my house as it's out of the way, hard to find and has no number. Instead of wasting millions of dollars on posters and water bottles, why doesn't the government actually try to get forms into the hands of the people?