What is the Census?
The Census is a survey that collects basic information on all of the people in the United States on Census Day, April 1, 2020. The Constitution of the United States requires that our government perform a census every ten years.
The results of the census are integral to our functioning democracy. Some of the ways the data is used include:
- Guiding Reapportionment and Redistricting from our political districts to school zones,
- Steering hundreds of billions of dollars every year to every community in the nation,
- Informing businesses and employers about opportunities for economic development and job creation.
Who is Counted?
What does Hard to Count populations and areas mean?
Every 10 years the census undercounts certain populations because they may be hard to locate, hard to contact, hard to persuade or hard to interview. Often these populations are immigrants, people of color, small children, renters, low income people, undocumented persons or people who move around a lot. The Census Bureau calls populations that fit into this category “Hard to Count” or HTC populations.
Fair Count is committed to finding and engaging these populations because an undercount directly results in their loss of services, investments and political power.
How Will I Receive my Census Form?
In March of 2020, people living in the United States will receive notice through the mail along with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to go online or call a toll-free number to complete their census.
One person per household will complete the census for the entire household and that person should count everyone—even if someone staying with them is outside of the family or is temporarily living there.
Why is participating in the 2020 Census important?
Too often people are missed in the Census and that means those communities don’t get their fair share of resources or political power.
It’s estimated that for every person who goes uncounted in Georgia, the state will lose $2,300 every year in funding. And when certain groups of people are undercounted by the tens of thousands, that adds up to a lot of money that should go to the communities for critical services like health care, Head Start program slots, highways, roads and bridges, Medicaid, and more.
The bottom line:
If you aren’t counted, you simply won’t count.
We won’t have a fair, prosperous Georgia—where every person counts equally—unless every person is counted.