2020 U.S. Census

The U.S. Census count ended October 31, 2020.  Results are expected in the spring and summer of 2021.

Once a decade, the U.S. Census counts our population and households, 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.   

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How the Census Benefits Our Community

The US Census brings over $1,800 per person per year in federal and state funds back to our counties and towns for health care, schools, highways, economic development and more.  Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. 

Watch a brief video on the importance of the census from Wake County.  People use census data in all kinds of ways:

  • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
  • Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
  • Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
  • Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

Learn more about the Census and why it's important at the U.S. Census website.