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Every One Counts

Did you know that the U.S. Constitution requires that everybody, children, babies, seniors, workers, stay-at-home moms, students, and others are counted every 10 years so decisions benefiting our communities can be made?

On April 1, 2020, help make a difference in your community by participating in the 2020 Census. Your count matters!

Every DeKalb resident counts toward $2,314 in Federal dollars, per year, that the County can receive to improve roads, add more daycare centers, increase the number of hospitals and clinics so our community can have access to doctors and medicine, mothers have access to prenatal care, and children have access to pediatricians.

Join us in counting every person in DeKalb County on the 2020 Census!

What is the Census?

The census is the count of every person in the United States by the U.S. Census Bureau. Mandated in the Constitution under Article I, Section 2, it has taken place every 10 years since 1790.

The census is critical for determining each state’s representation in Congress and the distribution of more than $650 billion in federal funding for vital programs like public education, public housing, roads and bridges, and much more.

Why Does the Census Matter?

The upcoming 2020 Census is critical for the future of DeKalb County. The census determines how critical resources and political power are distributed.

Our fair share of over $650 billion in federal funding is at stake. This includes funding for our school, affordable housing, roads and bridges, and much more.

If we are undercounted, we could lose up to seats in Congress, diminishing the power of our voices on Capitol Hill. DeKalb County Complete Count Committee is working to ensure that every DeKalb County resident is counted.

Who is counted in the Census?

Every One. The Census counts everyone living in the United States, regardless of citizenship status or age.

What information is asked on the Census?

The 2020 Census asks respondents for basic demographic information, such as birth date, sex, and race. It doesn’t ask for information about income, social security number, health, religion, citizenship, or voting history.

10 questions. 10 minutes.

When do I take the Census?

March 12 – 20 You will receive a postcard to respond online to the 2020 Census.  Note: Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.
March 16 – 24 You will receive a reminder postcard.
  If You Haven’t Responded Yet
March 26 – April 3 You will receive a 2nd reminder postcard.
April 8 – 16 You will receive a 3rd reminder postcard and a paper questionnaire.
April 20 – 27 A final reminder postcard before they follow up in person. Note:  They will only follow up in person 2 times

How can I respond?

There are 4 ways to respond to the 2020 Census:

How much does it cost?

Taking the Census is free and no one should charge you.

I applied for a Census job

DeKalb County does not offer PAID Census jobs. Contact the Federal Census to find out your status for a PAID Census job –


Key Dates For 2020 Census

Mark your calendar and stay up-to-date with everything census related.

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2010 Mail Return Rate

What was your neighborhood's 2010 Census Mail Return Rate?

Type in your street address (in the 300 W Ponce De Leon box), click on the block group and find out some cool data.

The Mail Return Rate figure is the percentage of your neighbors who submitted their 2010 Census forms on the 1st response. For comparison, the entire County's Mail Return Rate in 2010 was 72%


Bernita Smith
DeKalb County 2020 Census
Office Phone: 404-371-3688


Marcus Grinage
DeKalb County 2020 Census
Office Phone: 404-371-2277