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With days left in the 2020 Census, how is Wake County doing?

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The 2020 Census is critical in getting a correct count of our community, and there’s less than a week left in the self-response period. The shortened self-response period ends Sept. 30.

Courtesy of Census Bureau

As of the end of last week, 72% of Wake County residents have responded to the Census, according to NC Counts Coalition and Carolina Demography’s numbers.

Getting a correct count is critical for federal funding (each Raleighite who doesn’t respond equals about $1,600 lost), representation (NC is anticipated to get another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and an additional seat in Congress) and planning (since this data is the backbone of most data sets).

Responding to the Census isn’t just required by law; it shows who we are as a community.

Groups with a lower percentage of response compared to Wake County’s 72% response rate, and at risk of an undercount at this point, include (according to NC Counts Coalition and Carolina Demography):

  • Areas with higher percentages of children ages 4 or younger (69.7% response)
  • Areas where foreign-born residents represent more than 9.8% of the Census tract’s residents (71.2% response)
  • Communities where the makeup of its residents is 50% or more Black, Indigenous, Latinx or other people of color. (62.7% response)
  • Areas with less access to household internet (53.9%-65.8% response)

Make sure you’ve responded to the 2020 Census

PREVIOUSLY: Why the 2020 Census matters
VOTING: Your questions, answered in our Wake County voter guide

Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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