More than half here yet to fill out Census

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Census takers will be reaching out to nonresponsive homes

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  • White County is getting closer to having half of its residents complete the 2020 Census.
    White County is getting closer to having half of its residents complete the 2020 Census.
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White County is getting closer to having half of its residents complete the 2020 Census.

An online tracker showed the county’s self-response rate 47.7% as of Tuesday, July 6. That still lags behind Georgia’s overall 57.8% and the national rate of 61.9%.

The report also showed Cleveland residents at a 51.8% self-response rate and Helen at 19.6%.

Multiple mailers were sent out beginning in March advising recipients on how to complete the Census online, by phone or by mail. Local and state officials have stressed the importance of having as complete of a count as possible of those living here.

The results of the 2020 U.S. Census can impact the community’s elected representation and dollars received from federal funding. It also provides information for economic development purposes, such as insight on the county’s growth and size of its workforce.

The nationwide population count is mandated every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution. Questions will seek information on the number of people in a household and demographic data, among other details.

There are three ways to fill out the survey:

• Go online at www.my2020census.gov.

• Call 1-844-330-2020 (English) or 1-844-468-2020 (Spanish).

• Fill out the paper survey that came in the mail and send it back to the U.S. Census Bureau.

White County had a 51% self-response rate in the 2010 Census, finishing with an 84% overall rate after Census takers made rounds.

For households that do not respond via one of these three methods, representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will eventually attempt contact to ensure those people are counted. Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit. If no one is home during their stop, a notice will be left with information about how to respond.

The U.S. Census Bureau says it is bound by law to protect answers and keep them confidential. For more information, visit census.georgia.gov, 2020census.gov or search Georgia Census 2020 on social media.