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2020 Census

Southern Georgia Counts!

SGRC supports a complete and accurate 2020 census across Southern Georgia.


A complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census is very important for our region. Census counts and estimations impact grant funding, aging services, workforce programs, hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, business analytics, and so much more. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities.

How SGRC is assisting with the 2020 Census

SGRC staff are actively assisting local governments to obtain an accurate count in the following ways:

Completion of Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) mapping for every City in the SGRC region. Each year, SGRC submits City Limit annexation boundaries to DCA on behalf of our local governments. These boundary change submissions are the only route to getting your city’s boundary updates to the Census Bureau. Learn more about BAS here.

Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) submission s have been completed for the entire SGRC region. SGRC completed this task earlier this year using 911 addresses and public utility service location data.  There were smaller, secondary sources SGRC used to identify other address opportunities as well. This address listing is currently under review by the USCB and if there are rejects from USCB, we will notify the county and proceed as appropriate. While the submission window has closed for the 10-year address update, it will open again briefly just before the 2020 count begins. If new addresses have been added between January 2019 and April 1 2020, we can submit them at that time.  

SGRC serves as a liaison in the Participant Area Statistical Program for southern Georgia communities. The Census Bureau changes the boundaries of Census tracts and block groups from time to time. SGRC is notified of the changes and helps communities review these changes and submit feedback to the Census Bureau.

SGRC has relationships with others to assist communities in forming Complete Count Committees (CCC). Learn more about CCCs here and read below.

How your community can support an accurate 2020 Census

SGRC staff are actively assisting local governments to obtain an accurate count in the following ways:

When your city annexes its boundaries, share that information with SGRC and DCA. These boundaries are important to ensure your city receives an accurate count. All boundary updates must have an effective date no later than January 1, 2020. Cities should contact us if you have any annexations. We can help to ensure the Census Bureau has an accurate boundary of your city.

Keep track of any new residential construction addresses assigned and expected to be inhabited between January 1, 2019 and April 1 2020. We will ask our communities for this information in March of 2020. There will be a very brief period just before the the Census for SGRC to submit this new address information. Complete address information is needed. This includes street number, street name, street type, and zip code.  

Study the response outreach mapper here. This map will give you an idea of where the USCB anticipates low responses and will help you identify where your challenges may be to a complete count.

SGRC is encouraging ALL of our communities to form a Complete Count Committee. A complete count committee is essential to getting participation of all of our region’s citizens. Also, please contact the two excellent resources below to form a CCC and take advantages of the resources they have to offer.

The two resources listed below compliment each others services to help your community have a successful Census:

Thad Lee Wright
Partnership Specialist (Southeast Georgia)
Field Division/ Atlanta Regional Office
U.S. Census Bureau
Office: (470) 889-6668
Cell phone:
(678) 662-1530

Darrell Moore
Executive Director
Center for Regional impact
Valdosta State University
Office: (229) 245-4377