Liberty County’s seven municipalities are moving towards completion of the decennial U.S. Census, but recent reports show the county and the cities all lagging behind the national average of 60.6 percent completion.
In Liberty, Flemington led the June rates with 59.1 percent, ahead of the state figure of 56.7 percent and the countywide rate of 50.3 percent. Hinesville and Midway both also bested the county with 54.1 percent for Hinesville and 53.5 percent for Midway.
Gumbranch followed with 48.6 percent, along with 48.0 percent for Allenhurst and 45 percent for Riceboro. Walthourville’s response rate ran last with 34.1 percent. This produced a vow from officials to “focus on Walthourville.”
Government officials at every level have emphasized the importance of the census. The census figures are used for many purposes including allocating the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives for each state and distributing funds and other resources.
Liberty’s Census Coordinator Krystal Hart explained that the COVID-19 pandemic caused most in-person census activities to be dialed back in April. Local outreach operations resume in July and census workers will be out in the field collecting data during August.
Liberty County residents can be counted by phoning 1-844-330-2020 or online at www.2020census.gov. Paper census forms will be available soon and census workers will be knocking on doors to help everyone get counted.