With Census Deadline Approaching, NC Response Rate Lags Behind National Average

Sep 15, 2020


  The deadline to fill out the Census form is just two weeks away. While it’s possible that date might be extended, Census workers are trying to finish by September 30th. 

“We’ve got a lot of work remaining in North Carolina to complete the full work.”

That’s Tim Olson, Associate Director for Field Operations for the US Census. He says the 3,500 locally hired Census workers, equipped with iPhones to collect the demographic data, still need to count 650,000 addresses in the state. 

Right now, North Carolina’s overall response rate is 87%, and Olson says if they’re not on track to count all remaining households, they’ll bring in additional resources. And with time running out, this is Olson’s message:

“If you receive a door knock over the next few days or a couple of weeks, it really is to your advantage and your community benefit to cooperate and to answer the Census.”

Olson says by law the census data must be delivered to Congress by December 31st:

“There will probably be a lot of news which states gained members of Congress and which states potentially may have lost members of the Congress due to the apportionment.”

North Carolina is projected to pick up a 14th Congressional seat. 

Census Resources:

To fill out online, go to My2020Census.gov

To answer the Census by phone, call 1-888-330-2020.

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