Everyone Counts

Hospitals. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census is more than just a head count—it can shape many different aspects of Wake County.

The Latest: It's Time to Respond

By now, all households should have received at least one invitation to respond to the 2020 Census. It’s time to respond! 

Read how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting 2020 Census operations

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

How to Participate

  • The invitation will include instruction for responding online at 2020census.gov.
  • If you need help or would like to respond by phone, you can call a toll-free phone number.
  • Use the Census ID included in your invitation. You can also respond without it by providing your address here.
  • Areas less likely to respond online will also receive a paper questionnaire that they can return in the mail.
  • Include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1.
  • You can respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Get info here.

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. By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond.

Wake County is committed to educating our residents about the importance of the U.S. Census. Our representatives will be out and about at local events over the next year. Be on the lookout for the Wake Counts team, and get your questions answered one-on-one. See where they’ll be here.

In the News

Check out the latest local headlines here.

Census 2020 Timeline: invitation March 12-20, reminders March 16-April 27