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2020 is a census year and in Georiga Every. One. Counts. A constitutionally-mandated census has been taken once every 10 years since the 1790s,
For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau is accepting responses online – and it only takes about 10 minutes! Every household has been sent a mailing, but 80% of households were invited to complete the census form online, rather than fill out and send back to the government.
• March 12 - 20: Gwinnett County households began to receive invitations from the U.S. Census Bureau to complete the Census Questionnaire online or via paper form.
• After April 27: The U.S. Census Bureau began "address canvassing" — send people door-to-door — to households that have not responded to the Census by this point to connect with residents and ensure participation.
At the time of the 2010 census, Gwinnett County had 805,321 residents, and local officials believe the count is now over 900,000 - and may be close to 1,000,000 if everyone is counted.
The 2020 Georgia census impacts everything from the number of seats Georgia gets in the U.S. House of Representatives to the amount of federal funding received by the state, Gwinnett County and local cities. Completing the census ensures that Georgians receive their fair share of over $675 billion in federal aid that the federal government gives based on the number of residents to fund:
Every Georgia resident not counted in the 2020 census will cost the state between $1,400 and $1,800 per year over 10 years.
Participating in the 2020 Georgia Census has long-term effects on all families in Gwinnett County.
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