Census 2020

US Census

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.  You can safely be counted in the Census by going online Count Me  by phone Respond by phone, or by paper questionnaire.

2020 Census Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) is scheduled to begin on August 11 and run to September 30. NRFU is the in-person visit by Census workers to households who have not responded to the 2020 Census in any way. Currently there are 56 million non-response households nationally

The best way to avoid a visit from Census staff and maintain social distancing is to complete your 2020 Census form (either online, by phone, or paper questionnaire) as soon as possible.

In-Person Group Quarters Enumeration

Census workers are in the field in our state conducting the in-person Group Quarters Enumeration beginning June 30th and running to September 30th. This operation counts the population in Group Quarters (ie nursing homes, college dorms, military barracks, prisons, etc.) that have not participated in the electronic response (eResponse) or paper list Group Quarter count options that began in April.

  • The US Census happens once a decade and brings over $1,823 per person per year in federal and state funds back to our counties and towns for health care, schools, highways, economic development and more.
  • Quickly completing your Census form online or by mail decreases the need for a Census worker to visit your home.  
  • As of August 31st 75.8% of North Carolina households have been counted. Wilkes County is 58%.  It’s NOT too late to be counted!
  • Check the 2020 Census Response Rate Tracker for daily updates. Census Tracker
  • The 2020 Census is counting EVERYONE until September 30, 2020.
  • The 2020 Census only asks a questions about name, age, race, sex, Hispanic Origin, family relationship, and housing situation of everyone in the home.
  • The Census does NOT ask for citizenship, social security number, bank or credit card number, cash, or donations for any political party.
  • Census workers will be clearly identified with Census photo id badges, Census bags, and hand held devices. Census workers will be using Personal Protection Equipment (ie masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer).
  • Your personal Census responses are protected by federal law and cannot be shared with any government agency, law enforcement, or individual for 72 years!

Find more NC Census facts and outreach resources at the NC Census website - NC Link


What is the Census? ¿Qué es el censo? Video

Once a decade the US puts together a Census.  The Census dictates federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Other ways the Census is used locally is to help residents have supportive community incentives and quality of life opportunities, businesses can use the data to grow and create jobs, local government officials use the data to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals, community planners use the data to help grow the community through development practices and more. 

Una vez por década, los Estados Unidos elaboran un censo. El censo dicta que los fondos federales, las subvenciones y el apoyo a los estados, los condados y las comunidades se basen en los totales de población y los desgloses por sexo, edad, raza y otros factores. Otras formas en que el Censo se usa localmente es para ayudar a los residentes a tener incentivos comunitarios de apoyo y oportunidades de calidad de vida, las empresas pueden usar los datos para crecer y crear empleos, los funcionarios del gobierno local usan los datos para garantizar la seguridad pública y planificar nuevas escuelas y hospitales, comunidad los planificadores usan los datos para ayudar a crecer la comunidad a través de prácticas de desarrollo y más.

Helpful links:

2020 Census Website

2020  Censo sitio web

NC Census Website

Frequently Asked Questions NC:

Census Frequently Asked Questions

Census 2020 FAQ (English)

2020 Confidentiality Fact Sheets:

2020 Census Confidentiality Fact Sheet

El Censo del 2020 y la Confidencialidad

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