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Census 2020: You farm. You count.

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Mar 25, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Participating in the 2020 Census is important! It’s crucial that the U.S. Census Bureau get an accurate count of the number of people living in Georgia and where they live because federal, state and local governments use these numbers to determine funding for education, health, nutrition assistance and transportation programs. The numbers also determine how many representatives Georgia has in Congress.

Georgia ranked 31st in the U.S. for its response rate in the 2010 Census. Counties with the lowest response rates were south of Macon.

Make sure Georgia is accurately counted this year, especially our rural communities. You may take the census online, by phone, by mail or in person.

Key Census dates:

April 1: National Census Day. Every home will have received invite to take the census.

April 8-16: Households that have not responded online or by phone will receive a paper questionnaire, which will include a prepaid postage envelope to return it by mail.

April 23: Census takers will conduct the Nonresponse Followup operation in a handful of communities beginning as early as April 23 (this was delayed from the original plan to start on April 9). Households can still respond on their own during this phase (online and phone response is available through July 31).

Until Sept. 30: Census takers visit homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census. Census workers must present an ID badge with their photo, Dept. of Commerce watermark & an expiration date. They should not ask for your full social security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations.

Dec. 31: Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.

For more details on the 2020 Census timeline, click here.

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