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Wake County makes final push for you to be counted in 2020 Census

Posted September 16, 2020 5:53 p.m. EDT

With two weeks left before 2020 Census enumeration ends, Wake County leaders are urging anyone who hasn’t responded to do so soon.

“A brief moment of your time will pay big dividends for the next 10 years for all of us here in Wake County,” said Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Vickie Adamson. “Currently, 71.8% of Wake County households have responded to the census. That’s great, but we need that number to be higher to make sure we don’t miss out on federal and state resources – and we still have time to make that happen.”

The 2020 Census will determine how $675 billion in federal funding is distributed. Each person in North Carolina not counted equals a loss of between $1,500 and $2,500 per year in federal and state funding. Over the next decade, that equates to a loss of $15,000 to $25,000 per person.

The Census also determines Congress representation. And this year, North Carolina is projected to gain an additional seat in the House of Representatives – if we get a complete count.

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