Respond to the 2020 Census by Wednesday, September 30!

The last day to respond to the 2020 Census is Wednesday, September 30th. Please take the time to complete this once-a-decade questionnaire that is so important to every single person living in the United States. Respond here or continue reading to learn more about the questions asked in the Census and exactly why the Census is so important. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

Federal Funding
The 2020 Census determines how approximately $1.5 trillion in federal funding are allocated to more than 300 programs for health care, food, education, roads, and other essential purposes. The following list includes examples of census-guided programs:
  • Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid)
  • Medicare Part B
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Highway Planning and Construction
  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Rural Electrification Loans and Loan Guarantees
  • Community Facilities Loans/Grants
  • Community Development Block Grants
The 2020 Census determines political representation in electoral districts for every level of government, from Congress to state legislatures to municipalities and school boards.
The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates that the country count its population once every ten years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased. Georgia gained a congressional seat as a result of the 2010 Census. State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts. The U.S. Census Bureau provides population counts to states for this purpose.

Community and Economic Planning
The 2020 Census shapes economic and community planning, including the recovery from the current coronavirus pandemic and efforts to create vibrant communities with a high quality of life in Georgia and across the country. Census results are valuable for businesses, providing information on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.

Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer. Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for community planning, public safety, and emergency preparedness. Residents use census data to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.

What Questions Are Asked?
You can explore what questions are asked on the 2020 Census online along with explanations of why each question is asked or read through them below:

1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
2. Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020, that you did not include in Question 1?
3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home owned or rented?
4. What is your telephone number?
5. What is Person 1's name?
6. What is Person 1's sex?
7. What is Person 1's age and what is Person 1's date of birth?
8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
9. What is Person 1's race?
10. Name, sex, age, race of any other people in the household.

During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
  • your Social Security number
  • money or donations
  • anything on behalf of a political party
  • your bank or credit card account numbers

There is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Please take 10 minutes to help shape the next 10 years for Georgia families by completing the 2020 Census TODAY.