Dear Black Georgians: Stand Up and Be Counted . . . on the 2020 Census

by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

Black Georgians could lose out on their fair share of federal funding and political representation if there continues to be a 2020 Census undercount of their communities. As of late August, Georgia is ranked 38th among the states in terms of the share of its population that has completed the 2020 Census. Only 59.9 percent of Georgia households have completed the Census.

Spend a few minutes and complete the Census right now at my2020census.gov or 844–330–2020.

As the table illustrates, many Georgia counties where African Americans are a majority of the population have low 2020 Census completion rates. Some, like Dooly, Hancock, and Macon Counties (and eight others not shown), have completion rates below 50 percent. Even DeKalb County’s relatively high rate of 62.1 percent is still far away from 100 percent.

September 30 is the deadline for completing the Census.* It is still possible for Georgians to spend a few minutes and complete the Census right now at my2020census.gov or 844–330–2020. The more Georgians fill out the Census, the more resources there will be for Georgia communities.

*The closing date for submission of Census surveys is under court review.

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