Murray County’s response to the U.S. Census is lagging well behind the rest of Georgia.
The U.S. Census website lists Murray’s current “self reporting” rate at 48.1 percent. The overall rate for Georgia is 57.7 percent; for the United States, it is 60 percent.
“I think some people think the Census is about giving more money to politicians, or it is an invasion of their privacy, but those things aren’t true,” said Nicole Densmore, president and CEO of the Murray County Chamber of Commerce.
“The Census is about knowing where we are now in terms of population and where we are going.”
Densmore pointed out that many federal agencies rely on population information to determine how much federal money goes to states, counties and cities for education, transportation, health care and many other programs. She noted that children and seniors are strongly impacted.
“If we don’t get a good counting of our population, our community will lose federal funds,” Densmore said.
Densmore said the chamber is celebrating Census Week this week with daily interactive giveaways at the Murray County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.