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2010 Census Cost $1.87B Less Than Expected, Gary Locke Says

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WASHINGTON — Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is calling the 2010 census a success, saying it saved more money than expected.

Locke spoke at a press conference Tuesday to announce the 2010 results. He says the census ended up spending $1.87 billion less than expected, in part because of a strong participation rate.

That figure is higher than the original $1.6 billion in cost savings announced in August.

Locke credited strong management that overcame government auditors' warnings that the census could be wasteful and inefficient.

About 74 percent of U.S. households mailed back their 10-question form, matching the rate in 2000.