The 2020 Census seeks to establish an accurate count of the nation’s population and has been conducted every ten years since 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The census is required, important, and can have a significant impact on your community’s bottom line. Census data is used for
- federal, state, and local funding distributions
- intergovernmental agreements
- drawing state and federal legislative districts
- school districts
- congressional reapportionment.
As a result of the 2010 population count, Georgia gained a congressional seat. In addition, the census ensures that Georgians receive their appropriate share of over $675 billion in federal aid that is distributed to state and local governments using Census numbers every year. The 2010 Census yielded a count of 9,687,653 people in Georgia and provided the state with $15.88 billion. Each Georgian that participated in the 2010 Census effectively brought $1,639.10 to the state.
Given the importance of an accurate census count for municipal governments in Georgia, GMA has created this toolkit to provide resources to municipal officials.