Politics & Government

State census on track to top '00 participation

The U.S. Census Bureau says Washington state is on pace to beat its 2000 participation rate.

According to the Census, the state’s mail-participation is 63 percent, one point higher than the nation’s average. In 2000, the state reached a return rate of 72 percent.

The counties with the highest participation rate are Clallam and Jefferson counties with 70 percent each. At bottom are Okanogan and Pend Oreille counties with 46 percent. Thurston County has 66 percent participation, while Pierce and King counties both have 62 percent participation rates. Here are how local cities and towns stack up:

Lacey: 65 percent.

Tumwater: 65 percent.

Olympia: 66 percent.

Fife: 55 percent.

Yelm: 56 percent.

Lakewood: 58 percent.

Federal Way: 58 percent.

Tacoma: 60 percent.

Auburn: 60 percent.

Bonney Lake: 62 percent.

University Place: 63 percent.

DuPont: 63 percent.

Puyallup: 64 percent.

Edgewood: 69 percent.

Gig Harbor: 69 percent.

Fircrest: 73 percent