Jackson County is among the top 10 counties in the state for its 2020 Census completion rate.

With a nearly 62 percent return rate, Jackson has outpaced most of the other 158 counties in the state.

But statewide, Georgia is lagging behind the national average and is behind many of the neighboring states return rates.

Census data is important to local communities because it decides things such as representation in the state legislature, how local tax funds are divided and how grants are allocated.

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