Chinatown Census efforts paying off 

San Francisco official’s effort to get the U.S. Census to count every last one of its citizens is doing better in some neighborhoods than it is in others.

A map of census return rates that shows what percentage of residents in each neighborhood have returned their forms so far indicates that efforts in Chinatown have been successful: The neighborhood has a 66 percent return rate, compared to its 48 percent return rate at this point in the 2000 census.

Treasure Island, on the other hand, is down significantly: it currently has a 27 percent return rate (earning it a bright blue shade on the map), compared to the 53 percent return rate 10 years ago.

Other neighborhoods that are doing well (granting them a yellow hue on the map) are Twin Peaks, Miraloma Park, Merced Manor, and Balboa Terrace, all of which have return rates in the 60s – though all of those are down from 10 years ago, when they had much higher rates of return.

Neighborhoods that are still firmly in the blue are SoMA, Tenderloin and parts of Bayview and Potrero Hill.

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