Terrell Perry, of the US Census Bureau, gave an update on Census statistics in Spalding County to the Spalding Collaborative during its virtual May meeting held Wednesday.
At the time of her presentation, Georgia ranked 34th in the nation with a response rate of 54.9 percent. Within the state, Spalding County ranks 29th of responding counties and the City of Griffin ranks at 157th of responding cities.
“You guys are doing a great job but we need to pick up the pace a little bit,” she said.
Within the county, the area of Sun City Peachtree has a 79 percent response rate which Perry said is “way ahead of even the national average.”
The lowest response rate countywide is from the Sunny Side area which is garnering a response rate of 29.8 percent. However, this number is significantly higher than the response rate from the 2010 census which was only 11.7 percent and which Perry called “dismal.”
She said that Griffin is on track to “hopefully surpass” the 2010 rate.
Canvassing was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Perry said that the window for responses has been extended from the end of July to the end of October.
“That gives us three extra months to get everybody counted,” she said.
When canvassing begins again, participants will go door to door wearing masks and gloves. She said the best thing to do is to encourage the local community to self respond so no one has to go out.
BY JENNIFER REYNOLDS