Everyone Counts

The 2020 Census ended on Oct. 15, 2020. Thank you to everyone who participated and advocated for a complete count. The year 2020 was wrought with unseen challenges but we rose to the occasion.  

Wake County ended with a self-response rate of 73.3% (exceeding our 2010 self-response rate of 71.8%), which was the second highest self-response rate in the state and 16th highest in the country out of counties with more than 1 million people.

While there are many things to celebrate about the results of the 2020 Census, there are areas of our county which self-responded at lower rates than 2010. You can see the self-response rates countywide here. The red areas are those with the lowest self-response rates. These low responding areas are in large part made up of historically undercounted communities. Looking forward to the 2030 Census and general civic involvement, the County is already working on a strategy to better engage these residents.   

Why is this important?

Every person counted brings more federal funding to our community each year for the next 10 years. That's money that will 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. Census results also highly impact political representation and new business growth.  

The 2030 Census will be our next opportunity to ensure everyone is counted.

2020 Census Results

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the 2020 Census shows the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281.

For North Carolina we now know: 

  • North Carolina gained a 14th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • North Carolina’s official population in the 2020 Census was 10,453,948. This is an increase of 903,905 or 9.5% since 2010. 
  • North Carolina had the 6th largest increase among the states and was the 15th fastest-growing state.


The final results of the 2020 Census, which includes redistricting and demographic data is scheduled to be released by Sep. 30, 2021.

You can opt in for updates here