Many communities have historically been undercounted in the census. That means that the census data used to ensure fair political representation and provide funding that supports community services is skewed.


Wake County is committed to reaching all of our residents to make sure they get adequate funding. That's why we'll have a presence at events and with organizations throughout the county. We're ready to answer your questions and explain the importance of the census.

Undercounted Populations

  • Young children

  • Highly mobile persons

  • Persons who do not live in traditional housing

  • Persons experiencing homelessness

  • Non-English speakers

  • Racial or ethnic minorities

  • Undocumented immigrants

  • Low income persons

  • Persons who distrust the government

  • LGBTQ community

  • Persons with physical or mental illness

Why are communities undercounted?

There are four main reasons why a population might be undercounted: 

  1. They might be hard to locate, like people who live off the grid, are very mobile or don’t wish to be found.

  2. They might be hard to contact, like people who live in gated communities or are younger than 5.

  3. They might be hard to interview, meaning they might have low literacy or English is not their primary language.

  4. They might be hard to persuade, meaning they are suspicious of the government or don’t see a benefit to participating in the Census.

Identifying North Carolina's Undercounted Communities 

This map displays the geographic distribution of communities associated with being undercounted in the census. Type "Wake" into the search bar to see information specific to Wake County.