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Be safe and be counted by completing your 2020 Census form online, by phone or by mail

As everyone protects public health by maintaining social distance and sheltering in place, the 2020 Census is moving ahead.

Everyone can safely be counted by completing their 2020 Census form either online at my2020Census.gov, by phone toll-free at (800) 923-8282 or by paper questionnaire.

Completing the survey is quick and easy to do by using a phone, tablet or computer, or simply grabbing a pencil or pen. Completing the questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes and doing so can impact the community in the next 10 years. North Carolina is nearly halfway through completing the Census. Together, we can get to 100% completion.

The U.S. Census Bureau is mailing paper 2020 Census forms to households that have not responded online or by phone. Census questionnaires can be completed through Aug. 14, 2020.

The data collected from the U.S. Census helps determine political representation for North Carolina and the amount of funding invested in our communities. Census data helps decide how more than $16 billion in federal funding gets used each year. By completing the 2020 Census, North Carolina citizens help:

  • Determine the number of representatives in Congress for North Carolina
  • Allocate federal funds in North Carolina
  • Establish the boundaries for voting and school districts
  • Provide information needed to improve schools, roads, health care, emergency response and other services in communities.

Established by the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to conduct a count of every person in the United States every 10 years. Everyone must be counted no matter their age, residence status or location, including deployed military at their current base address. Federal law requires that all information collected be kept confidential. The information compiled cannot be shared with law enforcement, the courts, immigration or anyone for 72 years.

Citizens who have completed their Census forms are encouraged to post in their windows at home or through social media the featured “I Counted NC” image to help motivate others to do the same. Below is an “I Counted NC” coloring sheet that can be saved as an image and then printed as a creative activity for children, too.


Looking for information about Polk County government? Visit the county’s official web site