Be Counted or Be Discounted – Complete the Census by Oct. 5
As of the most recent report only 65% of households in Henderson County have self-responded to the 2020 Census. The deadline is approaching fast (October 5). If you don’t get counted you discount the entire county’s ability to be fairly represented and get their fair share of funding.
Filling out the Census is easy. Just go online to complete the census. Respond online – it only takes about 10 minutes depending on the size of your household. No information will be shared with other agencies and there is not a question on citizenship. It is in your best interest to be counted.
In North Carolina, the self-response rate is currently at 63%. This is tied to $44 billion in federal funding for the state meaning that $16 billion in funding is potentially at risk. Some households will have responded to census takers, so the overall rate should be higher, but 100% response should be the goal for Henderson County.
- North Carolina is the 9th largest state in population and the 4th fastest-growing state.
- The 2020 Census impacts funding, planning, and services for the next 10 years. Inaccurate data today, sets an inaccurate baseline for tomorrow – and exponentially compounds the impact on our communities every year.
- Census-driven funding provides community support for new schools, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, child and elder care programs, road/highway improvements, expanded infrastructure, health care programs, hospitals, and more.
- Your personal information is safe. Census data is only ever reported at a summary level. For example, you may hear that 10% of a town’s population are renters, however, the census bureau cannot say the resident of 123 Main Street is a renter. Title 13 of US law protects your personal census information for 72 years.
- The 2020 Census will never ask for your citizenship status, religious affiliation, social security number, financial information, or donations.
- There are only 10 simple questions – your name, age, race, sex, Hispanic origin, household relationship, as well as housing questions.
- Support to complete the census is available in 14 languages by phone and 59 languages online.
You can also respond by phone:
- English (for 50 states and Washington, D.C.): 844-330-2020
- Spanish (for 50 states and Washington, D.C.): 844-468-2020
Do your part and respond to the 2020 US Census today.