What does this mean for you and your family?
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.
Census data helps with the allocation of federal funding across 55 programs, including the National School Lunch Program, federal student loan programs, and many more.
For every person counted, from infants to young children to older adults, the State of Georgia receives more than $2,300 from the federal government. This amount adds up to more than $20 billion annually towards programs that benefit Georgians like you. The more people counted, the more money each community stands to receive.
How can you respond?
There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: Online, by phone or by mail.
The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online. You can also respond using a mobile device. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, please visit your local library.
What if I don’t
You can respond to the census online or over the phone in 13 languages including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog.
If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time, including children.
It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:
• All children who live in your home, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends.
• Children who split their time between homes, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
• Newborn babies, even those who are born on April 1, 2020, or who are still in the hospital on this date.
It is important to remember how to count college students based on where they are living. This includes:
• College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
• College students who live away from home should count themselves at their on- or off- campus residence where they live most of the time.
• U.S. college students living and attending college outside of the U.S. are not counted in the Census.
• Foreign students living and attending college in the U.S. should be counted at their on- or off- campus residence where they live most of the time.