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.
Among them:
     - 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, atlanta.rcc.partnership@census.gov or for additional job information, contact Atlanta Recruiting 1-855-889-8932, atlanta.rcc.recruiting@census.gov.

We ask that everyone do their part and be counted so that all of Paulding County wins.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. 2020 Census Key Dates
  3. Statistics 2010 Census
  4. 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.