Paulding Census 2020
The 2020 Census will begin on April 1, 2020. The data collected through the 2020 Census will impact the County in many ways.
- Determine Congressional Representation.
- Attracting new business to State and local areas.
- Distribute over $675 billion annually in federal funds and even more in state funds.
- Decisions regarding location for new schools, hospitals, roads, child-care, senior citizen centers, facilities for people with disabilities and much more.
- Decisions regarding the need for additional social services, including who receives community development block grants, and other essential grant programs.
Paulding County is partnering with local businesses, school district, faith based community, and municipalities to obtain a more accurate count, insuring we receive access to the maximum amount of state and federal funding for many types of projects over the course of the next decade.
There are some important changes with the 2020 Census:
- The Census Bureau is building a more accurate address list and automating field operations - all while keeping your information confidential and safe.
- For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, or by mail. 95% of households will receive their census invitation by mail.
- The Census Bureau will use data that the public has already provided to cut down on in-person follow up visits to nonresponding house holds.
One way to ensure success in the 2020 Census is by forming or joining a Complete Count Committee (CCC) in your area and help us spread the word about Census jobs and our new jobs website. To schedule a CCC Workshop today contact the Atlanta Partnership Staff at 470-889-6530, firstname.lastname@example.org or for additional job information, contact Atlanta Recruiting 1-855-889-8932, email@example.com.
We ask that everyone do their part and be counted so that all of Paulding County wins.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 2020 Census Key Dates
- Statistics 2010 Census
- Counting Children Census 2020
What is the Decennial Census?
Every 10 years since 1790, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs-impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Why should everyone participate in the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census will shape your community, define your voice in Congress and generate local employment opportunities.
- Census information helps determine locations for schools, roads, hospitals, child-care, senior citizen centers and much more
- Businesses use Census data to locate supermarkets, shopping centers, new housing and other facilities
- The Census determines how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the boundaries of legislative districts
- Local communities use Census data to gauge the financial health of the community and the future of vital social service programs.
Census data informs a diverse range of local initiatives, such as justifying the need for an after-school program.
How will the 2020 Census differ from previous census efforts?
There are some very important changes in 2020. A more accurate address list and automating the field operations; for the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone or by mail; the Census Bureau will use data that the public has already provided to cut down on in-person follow up visits to nonresponding house-holds.
Will the information the Census Bureau collects remain confidential?
Yes. Every Census Bureau worker takes an oath for life to protect the confidentially of the Census responses. Violation would result in a jail term of up to five years and/or fine of up to $250,000. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's answers with anyone, including welfare and immigration agencies.
Why are elected officials important partners in the 2020 Census campaign?
More than 140,000 organizations supported the 2010 Census, including state and local governments, community and faith based organizations, schools, media, businesses and others. By joining forces with partners, the Census Bureau has a far greater chance to reach every U.S. resident rather than attempting this monumental task alone.
When will I complete the Census?
The next Census will take place in 2020. Beginning in mid-March, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven't responded to the Census.
How can I respond?
In 2020, for the first time ever, the Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You can still respond by mail.
What information will be requested?
The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
What information will not be requested?
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Social Security Numbers
- Bank or credit card account numbers
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
Will my information be kept confidential?
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents' information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
Where can I go to learn more?
You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020Census.gov.
What the Census Bureau will send in the mail
On or between You'll receive:
March 12-20 An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. (Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.)
March 16-24 A reminder letter.
If you haven't responded yet:
March 26-April 3 A reminder postcard.
April 8-16 A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
April 20-27 A final reminder postcard before we follow up in person.
Other key dates regarding the 2020 Census
Fall 2019 Recruitment begins for census takers needed for peak workload 2020.
April 1, 2020 Census Day
April-July 2020 Census takers visit households that did not participate in the questionnaire online or mail
December 2020 By law, The Census Bureau delivers population counts to President for apportionment
March 2021 By law, The Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states
After 2010, Georgia gained 1 congressional seat.
In 2010, 74 percent of households in the United States filled out and mailed back their 2010 Census questionnaires - 72 percent in Georgia mailed back theirs.
In 2010, 59 Counties had mail response rates that were lower than 70%.
Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census
Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place
As estimated 5 percent of kids under the age of 5 weren't counted in the 2010 Census. That's about 1 million young children, the highest of any age group.
We need your help closing this gap in the 2020 Census. Here's what our research tells us about why young children are missed and what you can do to help make sure they are counted.
The child splits time between two homes or the child lives or stays with another family or with another relative such as a grandparent. The census counts everyone where they live and sleep most of the time, even if the living arrangement is temporary or the parents of the child do not live there. If the child truly spends equal amounts of time between two homes, count them where they stayed on Census Day, April 1. Coordinate with the other parent or caregiver, if possible, so the child is not counted at both homes. If it's not clear where the child lives or sleeps most of the time, count them where they stayed on Census Day, April 1.
The child lives in a lower income household. Responding to the census helps determine $675 billion in local funding for programs such as food stamps (also called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP), the National School Lunch Program, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) along with support for school programs and services such as: special education, free and reduced-price lunch, class size reduction, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs and head start. When children are missed in the census, these programs miss out on funding that is based on the number of children counted.
The child lives in a household with young parents or a young single mom. Filling out the census yourself, on your own schedule, is easier than having to respond when a census worker knocks on your door. The form should only take about 10 minutes to fill out and can be done online or over the phone, in addition to mailing it back. Moms with young children could ask other household members to count them and their children on the form if others live in the household.
The child is a newborn. Parents should include babies on census forms, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1. The census form only takes about 10 minutes to complete and parents can fill it out online or over the phone in addition to paper at a time that works best for them.
The child lives in a household that is large, multigenerational, or includes extended or multiple families. Count all children, including nonrelatives and children with no other place to live, even if they are only living at the address temporarily on April 1. The census counts all people living or staying at an address, not just the person who owns or rents the property.
The child lives in a household that rents or recently moved. Renters and recent movers should complete their census forms online or over the phone, right away. That way you don't need to worry about paper forms getting lost in the move.
The child lives in a household where they're not supposed to be, for one reason or another. Those that have children living in places where they aren't allowed (for example, grandparents in a seniors-only residence that have a grandchild living with them, a family with more people, including children, than the lease allows) should include the children because the Census Bureau does not share information so it can't be used against them. The Census Bureau has a legal commitment to keep census responses confidential and will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), law enforcement agencies like the police or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or allow this information to be used to determine eligibility for government benefits.
The child lives in a non-English or limited-English speaking households. The 2020 Census online form and telephone line will be available in 13 languages, including English. Language guides will be available in 59 languages other than English.