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Population estimated at 86,000

Photo by Rye Addis

Photo by Rye Addis

CONYERS -- Rockdale County did not quite meet its goal for returning U.S. Census forms earlier this year, but the county percentages were higher than the statewide average.

Rockdale County had a 73 percent final 2010 Census return rate, according to Conyers-Rockdale Census Complete County committee Co-chair Charlotte Gellert. The return rate was 5 percent less than the goal the committee set for Rockdale. Georgia's return rate was 72 percent, 2 percent less than the national average.

Households were asked to mail back completed census forms by April 1. This year's census was touted as a quick questionnaire of "10 questions, 10 minutes" that gathered information that included household occupants and demographics.

Early estimations from the U.S. Census Bureau showed Rockdale County's population at 86,569 in July 2009, an estimated 14,458 increase from April 2000 census reports.

Rockdale's data, along with data from the rest of the country, are headed to federal officials and will likely mean redrawing congressional district lines in Georgia to account for increased populations.

"The population count is due to the president Dec. 31, then the next year's legislative body is in charge of redistricting," Gellert said.

Information from the census count determines how many seats states will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to the website, the U.S. Census Bureau collects the information and checks for duplicate submissions and errors and does other processing. Researchers go through nationwide data from more than 130 million households, the website said.

Some information has been released before the final census results. The 2009 American Community Survey is included in this release. The ACS was released in late September and included education, socioeconomic status, housing trends and other data for areas with populations of 65,000 or more.

A Demographic Analysis population estimate is scheduled for release Dec. 6.