For most, the 2020 Census doesn’t seem like such a big deal. You fill out a form, send it back, and watch the suits in Washington haggle over the results. For rural communities though the Census is of vital importance, and screwing up the numbers, especially under-counting, can be devastating.
Bob Sprinkel, assistant county administrator of Liberty County, just south of Savannah, joined Georgia CEO to discuss the 2020 Census and the dangers of under-counting. Back in 2010 the county missed out on some 15,000 soldiers at Ft. Stewart who were deployed overseas – a major figure for a county with a total population of just over 60,000.
Under-counting means that when state and federal governments are determining who gets what – your county isn’t fairly represented. When companies are determining where to relocate or spend resources, they won’t have an accurate idea of your county’s demographics. When you’re a rural county desperately counting on taxpayer dollars for infrastructure and healthcare every cent counts, so it’s easy to see why local administrators put an impetus on making sure every single resident is counted starting on April 1st, 2010.
Hear more from Sprinkel as he sat down with our friends at Georgia CEO below: