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The 2020 census is happening now and we need your help.

The census is more than just a population count. It has a huge impact on communities across the nation, including ours. It determines how federal dollars are distributed and what share goes to toward helping residents, schools, hospitals and local governments in our area. It determines how much representation community residents have in Congress, where businesses locate, and so much more.

In short, the census impacts us all every single day. And our community will be affected by the data produced by the 2020 census for the next decade.

That's why it is so incredibly important that each and every person in our county -- regardless of age, residence status or anything else -- participate in the census. If you are here, you matter and you should be counted! It helps you, it helps our community, and it helps our county.

 

                    Census Response Rates as of Aug. 24, 2020

State of South Carolina 58.1%
Georgetown County 46.5%
City of Georgetown 49.2%
Town of Andrews 41.8%
Town of Pawleys Island  10.9%

 

 

 

 

 

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Already completed the census?

If you or someone else in your household has already completed the census, that's great and we thank you! We hope you will consider being an ambassador for the census in your community by joining in the Georgetown County Counts campaign, which launched on May 1. You can download materials to get ready for the campaign in our census media center.

Upload a brief video explaining why you completed your census

 

If you still need to complete the census...

If your household hasn't completed the census yet, it's super easy and only takes a few minutes. The 2020 census can be completed online at 2020census.gov, by phone (844-330-2020 for English speakers or 844-468-2020 for Spanish speakers), or by filling out and mailing back the official census form you received.

 

What if I didn't receive a census form?

Most households should have received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in March. But if you didn't receive an invitation, don't worry. You can still participate in the census, and it's still easy to do! To complete it online, just visit the census log-in page and click on the link toward the bottom of that page for those who don't have a census ID number. If you prefer to complete the census by phone, call 844-330-2020 (or 844-468-2020 for Spanish speakers).

 

What if I own a seasonal/second home?

Even if the home is not occupied full-time, please still complete a census form for the address to prevent a census worker from needing to make an in-person visit. When filling out the census survey for a home that is not your primary residence and is not occupied by anyone full-time, please indicate the number of residents is 0.

The Census Bureau’s mandate is to count all residents where they live most of the time. Even if you happen to have been at your second home on April 1, 2020, due to the pandemic, the Census Bureau’s aim is to count you only once, and in your primary residence. You should not count yourself as living at a “second home” or vacation home on a census survey. Instead, please respond to the census survey indicating that zero people were living there on April 1, 2020.

To indicate to the Census Bureau that an address is a second or vacation home, go to my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. For the question “Including yourself, how many people were living or staying at (your property's address) on April 1, 2020?” your response should be “0” even if you happened to be in this home on April, 1, 2020. After two more prompts to confirm that zero people live at this address, the website will then ask “What is the primary reason why no one was living or staying at (your property's address) on April 1, 2020?” Select “For Seasonal, recreational or occasional use.”
 

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Click the links below to download materials: