Coloradans are better than the rest of the nation – at returning Census Bureau forms.

So far, 23 percent of Colorado households have filled out and mailed back their forms, compared to the national rate of 20 percent.

The rate in El Paso County is 22 percent, while the return rate in Colorado Springs is 21 percent.

Woodland Park, however, is putting the rest of these cities to shame, with a current return rate of 46 percent.

By way of comparison, Denver is 19 percent and Pueblo is 23 percent.

As required by the U.S. Constitution, a census of the nation’s population is taken every 10 years. Results are used to distribute government money and to apportion representatives in Congress, among other things.

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The top five states in the race to return census forms are: Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and Montana.

By law, Americans are required to participate in the census.

For more information, visit the Census Bureau Web site.