What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five US territories.
Why do we conduct this count?
The census provides data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services and support for our community.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
The census is specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census marks the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
What does that mean for Georgia?
The federal government allocates over $675 billion to states based on the population for health care, food, education and roads. The following programs use census data to drive funding:
- Federal Medical Assistance Programs
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Medicare Part B
- Highway Planning and Construction
- The Federal Pell Grant Program
Georgia's rural assistance programs received more than $1.4 billion annually.
Based on the George Washington report Counting for Dollars 2020, Georgia receives more than $2,300 per person annually in funding directly related to census count allocations.
What does this mean for you and Conyers-Rockdale County?
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 our community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more for the next decade.
In 2010, the population of Rockdale County was 85,215. In 2020, the population is estimated at 90,594, a 6% increase since the last census. The 2010 participation rate of Rockdale County residents was 75.8%. The Rockdale Conyers Complete Count Committee, made up of city of Conyers and Rockdale County government representatives, community, health and faith-based organizations) wants a 100% completion rate in 2020 to ensure everyone is counted!
Who should be counted?
If you are filling out the census for your home (notification will begin arriving in March encouraging everyone to respond and be counted in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail), 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.
How should I count children in my household?
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
What about college students?
It is important to remember how to count college students based on where they are living.
- College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
- College students who live away from home and off-campus should count themselves at their off-campus location.
- US college students living and attending college outside of the US are not counted in the census.
- Foreign students living and attending college in the US should be counted at their on-or-off-campus residence where they live most of the time.
- College students who live on campus will be counted by the Census Bureau through the Group Quarters process.
Need more information about the 2020 Census?
Visit these resources for more information and look for census promotion tie-ins at upcoming meetings, seminars, events, etc. in Conyers and Rockdale County this spring.