Stay informed about the Census and what is happening locally and nationally.
RALEIGH, N.C. The U.S. Census is taking measures to make sure workers and the public are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, canceling all face to face contact. That means responses to the letters sent out in the mail, online, and by phone are more important now than ever.
April 1, 2020 is National Census Day! Join NC Counts Colaition for a virtual press conference on the current state of the Census in North Carolina as we commemorate 2020 Census day. Following the press conference, NC Counts Coalition will host a virtual ‘Census Day Party’.
The 2020 Census response rate map shows how cities and towns across the country are now responding. The map will be updated daily around 3 p.m. for everyone to see the response rate in their area and compare it to other areas across the nation. The map also shows the comparable response rate from the 2010 Census for each geography.
On Friday, March 20, 2020, the US Census Bureau held a press briefing on additional operational updates in wake of COVID-19. Operational timeline changes include: The deadline for self-response online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire has been extended to August 14 (from July 31). The Update/Leave operation, which is the hand-delivery of census packets to about 6.2 million primarily rural households, plus most (not all) American Indian reservations, is now on pause until April 1 at the earliest. Group Quarters and Service-based Enumeration, which is one of the operations counting people experiencing homelessness, will be delayed until late April/ early May (date TBD).
As the 2020 census approaches this spring, committees in cities and counties across North Carolina are working to encourage people to fill out their forms, to ensure the state is properly represented in Congress and gets its fair share of federal spending. For the first time, there's a statewide committee focused on persuading North Carolina's Latino residents to take part in the census. An estimated 1 million Latinos live in the state, accounting for one of every 10 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and supporters of the campaign say an accurate count of the state's population isn't possible if significant numbers of Hispanics don't take part.