Everyone Counts

Starting Aug. 11, census takers will visit homes in Wake County that haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census. Information on what you can expect can be found here.

Wake County receives billions of dollars in federal funding each year based on the results of the census.

What happens if we don't get a complete count? Using estimates for census-driven funding, we can estimate the at-risk funds in Wake County due to nonresponse. If Wake County has a 68% response rate, that will mean 32% undercount with a possible funding loss of over $51.5 million annually

That's money that will not go to programs like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Medicare Part B, highway planning and construction, the Federal Pell Grant Program and the National School Lunch Program, among others. 

The census count that we are taking right now will impact our community planning for the next 10 years. Learn more at 2020census.gov and respond now.

Tracking Responses 

Check to see how Wake County is responding to the 2020 Census here. Our countywide goal is 82%.

You can access Wake County's app to track response rates here. It is updated weekly. 

Game On!

As Wake County and our municipalities work to get out the count, some friendly challenges have been issued. Who will win? Check them out here: 

  • County Manager David Ellis has challenged Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio to see which of the state's largest counties can get the highest response rate.  
  • The Town of Wendell and the Town of Garner are competing for the highest response rate.
  • Fuquay-Varina's mayor has issued a challenge to the mayor of Wake Forest.
  • The Triangle J Council of Government started a competition between neighboring counties. 

Why is the Census Important? 

Results are used to help determine:

  • How more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. These funds are spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
  • The number of seats each state gets in Congress.
  • How state and local officials draw boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts and school districts.

It’s critical that you’re counted. You have three options to respond.

In the News

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