The U.S. Census Bureau will return $1.6 billion of its $7 billion budget for the year after costs came in lower than expected.
Savings stemmed from factors including 72% of households returning mailed questionnaires and an emergency fund that was never needed, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, according to CNN.
"With proficient management, the cooperation of the American public and a little bit of luck, the Census stayed on track with significant cost savings to taxpayers," Locke said.
The Census Bureau compiles the U.S. population survey every 10 years.
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