The 2020 Census will have a huge impact over the next decade in New Hanover County and the region.
Data collected from the census will help fund billions of dollars in federal funding for all kinds of programs that support our community through public safety, education, family support services, healthcare, human services, environmental protections, economic development, emergency response, and public transportation.
What is the census?
- Think of it as a head count that includes every individual living in the U.S.
- Every ten years, each household nationwide is asked to fill out a brief questionnaire about all the people living in your home. This means EVERYONE. Babies, children, aunts, grandparents, cousins, friends – anyone who resides in your home as of April 1, 2020.
- Questions include the number of people in your household, basic information about these individuals like age or race, and how they are related to you.
- You WILL NOT be asked to provide a social security number, political affiliation, or proof of citizenship.
- Information you submit is 100% confidential and protected by federal law from use by ANY law enforcement agency.
North Carolina receives $16 billion from federal funding every year for programs based on Census counts.
In North Carolina, every missed person (uncounted in the census) represents a loss of roughly $16,000 in funding for the state.
As a member of our community, what do you see around you that needs improvement? What is our region lacking? Without accurate census information at the federal level, the Cape Fear region’s ability to enhance community planning and attract new industries is stifled. The Cape Fear region can’t wait another ten years to be counted.
Take the 2020 Census and make sure that Cape Fear Counts!
Find more census information at the links below.