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Local Census Response Rates
very low so far; Get Counted!

From the April 8, 2020 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   The Census is the US government's attempt to count every person in the country every 10 years. It's an important count for a number of reasons.
   The results are used to determine the number of seats each state has in the US House of Representatives, and they are

used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
   The data is also used by lawmakers, business owners, and many others to influence their long-range plans and investments. Billions of dollars of federal funding each year go to health care facilities, fire departments, schools, road departments, etc. based on Census data.
   In short, if your community's count is short, then your community loses funding.
   So far, the counties in The Journal's coverage area aren't responding very well to the 2020 Census, with an average response rate of around 26%.
   According to the US Census Bureau, as of Monday, April 6, the estimated response rates for local counties are as follows:
   * Chattahoochee County = 27.9%.
   * Marion ... The rest of the story.