Local Impact

Wrightsville Beach
City of Wilmington
New Hanover County

As it stands right now, there are nearly 4 million North Carolinians that won’t be counted in the 2020 Census.

Are you one of them?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s collection of census data has been completed as of October 15, 2020.

Did you know that North Carolina gained an additional seat in the
US House of Representatives based on 2020 census data?
See the first results released here.
The 2020 Census will make a huge impact on New Hanover County. Think about how much has changed in the past ten years – everything from new businesses, to schools, housing developments, transportation, population growth, and much more in our community. 

Now imagine what could happen over the next ten years, and the growing needs of New Hanover County and the Cape Fear region.


If you have a baby this year, your child will be 10 years old at the next census. In that decade span, information from the 2020 Census will be used to fund early education and school readiness programs, and fund the school systems that foster environments for educational success.  

If you are a business owner or a budding entrepreneur, the next ten years of economic growth in New Hanover County could determine your success. Can our region support small business development centers? Or attract and keep a robust, talented workforce? 

Data collected from the 2020 Census will impact everything that keeps our community…


  • Crime prevention  
  • Domestic & child abuse prevention 
  • Environmental protections for water & wildlife 
  • Fire prevention 
  • Emergency preparedness & response 


  • Head Start & early education programs 
  • School meal programs 
  • Medicaid & Medicare Part B 
  • Food assistance programs, like SNAP & WIC 
  • Substance abuse prevention & treatment 


  • Public housing assistance 
  • Elderly support services 
  • Veteran assistance 
  • Public transportation & roads 
  • Foster care & adoption services 
  • Workforce development 
  • Vocational training 

The census also determines the number of seats North Carolina has in the U.S. House of Representatives. North Carolina gained an additional seat in Congress based on the 2020 Census count. Representation that is reflective of our region can impact policy and resources available to our community and help better plan for the future.