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Posted on: April 1, 2020

April 1st is Census Day!

MeckCounts 2020 Logo - Census Day is April 1It’s April 1st! In addition to being the notorious April Fool’s Day, it’s also Census Day this year! While everyone across the country obviously has a lot of other things on their minds, we wanted to send out this important reminder to everyone in Davidson to take just a few minutes to fill out your census form. Here are a few things to keep in mind about why it’s important:

  • The census is convenient, safe, and required. This census will be completed ONLINE, from the safety of your own home.
    • Online and phone options will be in English and 12 other languages. Print and video language guides are also available in 59 languages.
  • Census data is used to determine how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives.
    • In 2010, North Carolina likely missed gaining a congressional seat by only 15,800 people. If the count is complete across the state, we should gain at least one more representative for NC!
  • The U.S. Government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year based on census data.
    • In 2016, North Carolina received nearly $24 billion dollars through federal spending programs guided by census data. On a per-capita basis, this is more than $2,000 per North Carolina resident per year.
    • The healthcare you and your neighbors receive is impacted by the census. North Carolina received billions of dollars in federal funding for programs like Medicaid, Medicare, child health insurance and nutrition assistance in fiscal year 2016 based on formulas that incorporate census data.
  • Local organizations and businesses use census data to plan for the future of our community.
    • For example, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) used census data to help redesign the entire bus network. The result has been improved connections to employment and better service to low-income populations.

As Davidson residents, you have the opportunity to impact your community by participating in Census 2020 and ensuring a complete count for Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties, as well as the State of North Carolina.  If you haven’t responded yet, you can do so online here.  It only takes a few minutes!

Questions? Learn more at townofdavidson.org/census

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