Federal Aid

The federal government uses census data to determine how to distribute financial aid, so each citizen that participates in the census directly contributes to their own well-being.

Your participation brings money to your community.

Each Person Counts

An accurate 2020 census count will ensure that Georgians receive appropriate federal aid.

Older man being comforted in a waiting room.
The census determines how much federal aid goes towards programs in Georgia such as Medicare.


The 2010 census yielded a count of 9,687,653 people in Georgia and provided the state with $15.88 billion. Each Georgian that participated in the 2010 census effectively brought $1,639.10 to the state.*

Many communities in Georgia are hard to count or have a low response rate. Each citizen must understand the level of impact they have by participating in the census. The higher the participation rate, the more federal aid for programs that, in turn, fund improvements for the state.

In 2020, every Georgian can affect the amount of federal funding they receive until 2030.

 Many lives are enhanced through these programs and others. But funding for these programs is reliant upon an accurate census count.

Where exactly does the Federal Aid end up?

Federal funding comes in many different forms.

A chart showing distribution of 2015 Federal Funds by Category. (Public Health 51.7%, Families and Children 28.7%, Infrastructure 13.5%, and Education 6.1%).
Over half of 2015 federal funds designated for Georgia went toward public health.

Complete Distribution of 2015 Federal Funds

Many Georgians rely on state programs made possible through federal funds. The following state programs, among others, received the indicated funds from the federal government in 2015, as determined by the 2010 Census.


Program Name

Obligations (for 2015)

Public Health

Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid)


Families & Children

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


Public Health

Medicare Part B (Supplemental Medical Insurance) – Physicians Fee Schedule Services



Highway Planning and Construction


Families & Children

Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers


Families & Children

Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies


Families & Children

National School Lunch Program


Families & Children

State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)



Special Education Grants (IDEA)



Head Start/Early Head Start


Public Health

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)


Families & Children

Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program (Project-based)


Public Health

Health Center Programs (Community, Migrant, Homeless, Public Housing)


Families & Children

Child Care and Development Fund- Entitlement


Families & Children

Foster Care (Title IV-E)


Families & Children

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)



*($15,879,057,000 of federal aid in 2010) / (9,687,653 counted population in 2010 by census.gov) = $1,639.10 per person counted

Download this pdf file. Federal Aid to States for Fiscal Year 2010