March 7, 2021

Heard County ranked 3rd in Georgia for Census response rate

(Franklin, GA) – The 2020 census self-response rate for Heard County households was 51.9% percent as of this morning, the 3rd highest percentage among the 159 Georgia counties, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

In comparison, the Georgia census self-response rate stands at 42.6%. The Census Bureau also reports that 45.1% of the households nationwide have responded.

In Georgia, the only two counties ranked higher than Georgia are Fayette Count at 60% and Forsyth County at 53.2%. A closer examination of those three counties indicates that Heard County might be hindered by a lack of internet service relative to the other two counties.

Fayette and Forsyth each boast a greater than 50% internet response rate while Heard County only reports a 20.9% internet response rate.

Locally, the city with the top response percentage is Centralhatchee at 61.8%, while Ephesus and Franklin are both just over 50%.

The Census Bureau is encouraging all Americans to provide accurate information for the 2020 census because the results of the survey will determine how billions of dollars in federal funding will be allocated in the decade ahead.

This will affect everything from health clinics and school lunches to disaster recovery, according to the Census Bureau.

Those who have not yet received a census packet have two options to make sure they are counted properly.ONLINE

Firstly, residents can go online to www.my2020census.gov and, at the second screen, click on the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

Doing this will allow you to fill out the census online now and not wait for a form or census taker to reach out to you. Please respond as soon as possible.

Secondly, residents can respond by calling the Census Response Line at 844-330-2020.

The Census Bureau is challenging everyone to help ensure a complete and accurate count in 2020.

Share information on your social media channels about the upcoming census and why it’s important to respond.

2020 Census partners and stakeholders, media members, government officials, and others can all play a role in ensuring that everyone is counted once, only once, and in the right place.

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