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Georgia Launches New Census Website in Prep for the 2020 Census!

April 11, 2018

2020 Census begins: April 1, 2020

Can you believe we’re already 18 years into the 21st century? Remember when we were stocking up for Y2K expecting the world to shut down at the stroke of midnight? Thankfully we’ve lived to see the turn of the century.

And as time flies, our population changes too.

To understand how much our population has grown, the federal government conducts a census every 10 years. The purpose of the census is to project the best and most accurate estimate of how many people are living in the United States. States, counties, cities, and towns use this data to apply for funding and ensure accurate government representation.

Georgia prepares for the 2020 Census

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget recently launched Georgia’s Census website as it prepares for the 2020 Census.

The new site is an effort to prepare Georgians for the upcoming census and to share the benefits of an accurate population count for Georgia.

You can learn about:

  • Benefits of filling out the census
  • Why an accurate count is important to their community
  • How to get involved
  • Understand more about data security and how their information is protected forever

You can also check out the site to get a glimpse of the Census timeline or dig deeper into data from the 2010 Census.

For more information about the U.S. Census in Georgia, visit: census.georgia.gov.

Why do we need a population count?

The census does more than provide a population count. It also allocates Federal Aid to each state based on population size. For example, based on numbers from the last Census in 2010, each Georgian that participated in the Census brought $1,639.10 to the state.

The census helps identify population change so states and counties have proper representation in the House of Representatives. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are elected and represent districts all over the country based on the population density of that area. So, an accurate count of every area is important to ensure each district is properly represented.

State and local governments must use census data to apply for federally-funded grants. These grants can help improve infrastructure, provide affordable housing for low-income households, or equip law enforcement with the right safety gear to protect their communities.

Your census information is protected!

It’s against the law to share any type of census information that would identify a person or business. Title 13 of the Constitution and the U.S. Census Bureau are legally obligated to verify that each census submission is protected.

Census Bureau employees understand the penalties for violating this law and are sworn for life to keep all census data confidential.

Online submissions are encrypted

The Census Bureau has made it possible to complete the census online. Because internet security is at the top of everyone's mind, the Census Bureau encrypts all data using secure servers.

That means, if you fill out the Census online, hackers won’t be able to intercept your data during transmission or when it's stored.

Get involved!

Pumped about the 2020 Census and the potential impact it can have on our state and local communities? See what local Complete Count Committees (CCCs) are in your community! CCCs share information and encourage communities to fill out the census beginning April 1, 2020.

Even if you’re not interested in joining a committee, it’s helpful to know how census data can impact your life and the economy of the State of Georgia.

 

Photo courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Chelsea Stephens

About the Author

Chelsea Stephens is the Marketing & Training Lead for Digital Services Georgia. A Georgia native herself, Chelsea enjoys writing on topics that citizens and visitors of Georgia can enjoy and learn from. 

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