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.

2020 Census Digital Preparedness Playbook

February 19, 2020
National League of Cities (NLC)

Fighting 2020 Census Rumors

December 18, 2019
U.S. Census Bureau

2020 Census Mail Contact Strategies Viewer

December 13, 2019
U.S. Census Bureau

Census 2020

November 19, 2019
WABE News

The Role of Local Officials in the 2020 Census: “Count Everyone Once, Only Once and in the Right Place”

November 13, 2019

Overcoming Barriers to Participation in the 2020 Census

Local officials know how important the 2020 Census is and that they play a vital role in ensuring a complete count in their communities. They may also know that no single area or gro...
November 11, 2019

What Makes A Resident? Counting Your Community for the 2020 Census

June 11, 2019
National League of Cities

Assessing Miscounts in the 2020 Census

June 4, 2019
Urban Institute

Census 2020: How to Count Hard-to-Count Communities

May 7, 2019
National League of Cities

Can Cities Save the Census? A Local Framework for Our Nation’s First Digital Count

April 5, 2019
Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

The Census Kicks Off in Exactly One Year: How to Ensure an Accurate Count

April 1, 2019
Route Fifty

Home Internet Maps

April 1, 2019
National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds

March 19, 2019
George Washington Institute of Public Policy

Mapping Hard to Count (HTC) Communities

March 19, 2019
CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research

U.S. Census Bureau Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)

March 18, 2019
U.S. Census Bureau

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