Understanding Hard-to-Count Populations

Map of the Hard to Count areas of Georgia.

The following defines different populations that are hard to locate, interview, persuade, or contact.

Conducting advanced research about Hard-to-Count populations demonstrates interest in working together. The H-T-C population in one county could be entirely different from another county. Understanding the needs and concerns of each population is crucial for developing an effective outreach strategy.  


Category Reason
Hard to Interview Language barrier, low literacy rate, or a lack of internet access
Hard to Locate Housing not included in census files, such as new housing developments, or people who want to remain hidden
Hard to Contact Highly mobile, homeless, or physical access barriers such as gated communities
Hard to Persuade Suspicious of government or have low levels of civic engagement