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Census

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The census is a constitutionally required nationwide survey to count the population of the United States. It's conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data collected:

  • Determines the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and influence in the Electoral College. 
  • Informs redistricting, defining congressional and state legislative districts.
  • Directs more than $675 billion in federal funding to states and cities.

Much of the funding that comes from the census helps the most vulnerable among us. It provides health care, education, food and nutrition programs, housing and childcare for families. We need an equitable and complete count since the census has a big impact on the services that Hillsborough and its neighborhoods receive. Every person not counted is a loss in our community of more than $1,800 annually in state and federal funding.

North Carolina also is projected to gain one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives; we need a complete count for fair representation.

Additional information is available on the Orange County Census 2020 webpages and on the 2020 Census website.