Why do we take the census?

  • The census is required by the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section 2), with the
    the primary goal of informing lawmaking and business decisions with factual figures.

How are data used?

  • The federal, state and local governments all use census data to make policy
    decisions related to funding healthcare, education, transportation and more
  • Businesses used Census data in making decisions
  • Reapportionment

Is it really safe?

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by Title 13, making it unlawful for any Bureau
    employee to disclose or publish any information that identifies an individual or

How Census data are used

  • $675 billion in federal funds are allocated each year to local, state, and tribal
  • Schools
  • Roads
  • Healthcare
  • Apportionment
  • Planning decisions about community service
  • Business decisions

The 2010 census yielded a count of 9,687,653 people in Georgia and provided the state with $15.88 billion. Each Georgian that participated in the 2010 census effectively brought $1,639.10 to the state.
There are many beneficial reasons for counting everyone living in the United States. Follow the links below for more information on how the Census is used to understand the present and plan for our futures.

Where do these funds go? 
Census data is used to distribute federal funding to states. Find out what programs are affected.

How are the districts drawn? 
From Congress, to school boards, and local representation, the Census helps draw the districts.

Count today to plan for tomorrow. 
Census data helps us plan for the following decade. This affects schools, public safety, and even emergency response. 

What else happens? 
The Census Bureau works year-round to help produce data for planning our futures.