U.S. Census Bureau to Return Almost 25% of Budget This Year

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.