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The 2020 Census reached the end of its counting period on October 15, 2020. The goal of the decennial census is to count every resident in the United States beginning on April 1 of each year ending in a 0. The results of the 2020 Census are scheduled to be reported to the President by December 31, 2020. Census results will then be distributed to the states on April 1, 2021, for use in state and local redistricting. Raleigh may make use of this information for redistricting in advance of next year’s City Council elections.

The City of Raleigh’s final self-response rate was 68.9%. To see response rates across the country visit the Census Bureau's website.

What is a census and why is it important?

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, not only forming the foundations of innumerable business planning decisions in the private sector, but also providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties, and communities’ vital programs - impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy.

How does the Census 2020 benefit Raleigh?

Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. Examples of programs that receive funding based on the census include Head Start, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), School Breakfast Program, Unemployment, Special Education Pre-School Grants, and much more.



Christopher Golden
Planning Supervisor


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