2020 Census Toolkit

The 2020 Census seeks to establish an accurate count of the nation’s population and has been conducted every ten years since 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The census is required, important, and can have a significant impact on your community’s bottom line. Census data is used for
  • federal, state, and local funding distributions
  • intergovernmental agreements
  • drawing state and federal legislative districts
  • school districts
  • congressional reapportionment.

As a result of the 2010 population count, Georgia gained a congressional seat. In addition, the census ensures that Georgians receive their appropriate share of over $675 billion in federal aid that is distributed to state and local governments using Census numbers every year. 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.

Given the importance of an accurate census count for municipal governments in Georgia, GMA has created this toolkit to provide resources to municipal officials.

GMA - ACCG Regional Workshop Resources


2020 Census Workshop Part I

Apr 1, 2019
In March of 2019, GMA and ACCG hosted regional workshops to discuss the impacts of the upcoming 2020 Census on cities and counties throughout the state. The video above is a recording of the first part of one of these presentations that took place in Macon, GA.

2020 Census Workshop Part II

Apr 1, 2019
In March of 2019, GMA and ACCG hosted regional workshops to discuss the impacts of the upcoming 2020 Census on cities and counties throughout the state. The video above is a recording of the second part of one of these presentations that took place in Macon, GA.

2020 Census News


Kemp urges Georgians to ‘do the right thing’ and fill out census

September 25, 2020
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp to stress census urgency as Georgia response ranks near bottom

With the end of 2020 census approaching in a week, only an estimated 92.3% of Georgia households are counted as of Wednesday. Just a handful of states are faring worse.
September 24, 2020
Savannah Morning News

Census: 10 days for 10 questions

September 23, 2020
Moultrie Observer

Time is running out for 2020 Census

There are only seven days left until the deadline for the end of the 2020 U.S. Census, and over 9 percent of Georgians still haven't been counted.
September 23, 2020
Newnan Times-Herald

Census count enters homestretch with 10 days left

Communities across Georgia are running out of time to make sure they get a complete count in the 2020 Census.
September 22, 2020
Rome News-Tribune

Census 2020 Deadline: Atlanta Mayor Urges Residents To Respond

Time is running out for residents to complete the 2020 Census. In a virtual press conference on September 16, 2020, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says all residents need to respond to t...
September 17, 2020
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Albany officials: Census participation impacts funding

August 12, 2020
Albany Herald

Bainbridge participates in GMA’s 2020 Census Challenge

Community Affairs Director Crystal Hines is heading up Bainbridge’s participation in the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) 2020 Census Challenge to increase response rates within...
July 29, 2020
Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Olive branch from rival turns out to be a Trojan horse

Just when I thought the great rift between me and the city manager might be bridged, I get a sobering gut-punch.
May 19, 2020
Rome News-Tribune

With students gone, Athens faces Census undercount

Four Athens-area counties are among the top 10 in Census response rates, but Clarke County is not one of them.
May 12, 2020
Athens Banner-Herald

Sandy Springs starts Census challenge to increase response rate

April 21, 2020
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Majority of Golden Isles residents have not completed census form

Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey is troubled by the slow response of residents.
April 13, 2020
Brunswick News

City says get counted for Census Day

The 2020 Census count is underway and residents of Thomas County and Thomasville are doing their part to be counted.
March 31, 2020
Thomasville Times-Enterprise