Census Response Rate In Georgia Second Worst In Country

September 15, 2020

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By Amanda Cooper

A recent 2020 Census report shows Georgia ranks second to last in the country to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census, and officials warn the low response rate could lead to the loss of federal funds.

The loss has the potential to adversely impact the peach state as the 2020 Census will be used to determine how federal dollars are distributed and how many congressional seats each state will get representation and $1.5 trillion in federal funding.

According to the AJC, as of September 11th, 83.1% of the Peach State’s households had been counted, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. That reflects just over 61% of Georgia households that had responded positively, about 22% counted by Census takers going door to door. Mississippi had the same rate of 83.1%. Only Alabama had a worse result at 82.3%. The only state with a lower percentage of households is Alabama at 81.5%. Louisiana had a response rate of 82.7%. Montana also ranked in the bottom five, with 82.3%. South Carolina was in the bottom 10 with a rate of 83.2%.

Local and state officials are pushing the public to complete the Census, while advocacy groups are challenging the federal government in court over its plans to phase down in-person counting by September 30th, a month ahead of schedule. 

This month, a California federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, which blocks the count until the hearing on September 17th. 

Completing the 2020 Census form is generally a quick process and takes less than 10 minutes. Participants may fill the survey out online, by phone, or by mail. If you don’t complete your form, Census employees may visit your home up to six times. They’ll have identification to ensure residents know they’re with the Census Bureau. For more information or answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.2020census.gov.