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Respond to the 2020 Census

Across our country, thousands have already responded to the 2020 Census. HAVE YOU?


Census 2020: What's at Stake for NC

Carolina Demography has prepared a detailed look at the current 2020 Census response in NC.


This year, you will have three options to take the Census:

  • By phone
  • By mail
  • Online (new for 2020)



Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution mandates that a census take place every 10 years in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories.

The data collected by the Census is vital for a lot of the programs and political structures we rely on both now and for the future. It helps determine the allocation of numerous federal programs, including the how many Members of Congress a state gets. With North Carolina’s population continuing its significant growth our state is poised to gain not only another member of Congress (our 14th delegation member) but also access to more federal dollars. The data is also extremely important for many of the studies conducted by NAR and other researchers.

NC REALTORS® wants to make sure that we have the most complete count as possible so we have pulled together resources to help you better understand the Census and help you encourage others to respond.

Census 2020: Door-to-door CountsDoor-to-Door Census Counts Kick Off

If your household has yet to respond to the census, you can expect a knock at your door soon. In NC,  that is about 40% of households across the state. This number is too high and risks a lot of undercount with one less month to complete the count. We STILL need people to self-respond. Self-response has historically been more accurate and reliable, and with the shortened timeline, we need census workers to have fewer households to go to. But if you do get visited by a census worker, keep this information in mind:

Census Interviews are Safe and Quick

  • Workers will have PPE and are trained in health and safety guidelines.
  • Interviews will be conducted outside and maintain social distancing.
  • Many workers are bilingual, but other language assistance can be requested.
  • It takes about 10 minutes to answer the 10 basic questions.

How to Identify a Census Worker

  • Valid photo ID badge from the U.S. Department of Commerce with expiration date.
  • Laptop, handheld device, and/or bag with a Census Bureau logo.
  • Census workers will provide a Supervisor’s and/or the regional office phone number.
  • Workers carry a letter from the Director of the Census Bureau on official letterhead.
  • If in doubt, call the U.S. Census Atlanta Regional Office at 1-800-424-6974.


Download a toolkit to help promote the Census.

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