Did you know that the U.S. Treasury Department used 2010 census data to divvy out $150 billion in CARES Act coronavirus relief? The 2020 Census is in full swing and it’s essential that everyone in Davie County is counted so that we get our full share of future funding.
“Adequate funding is a desperate need of every municipality in the country,” said Mocksville Town Manager Matt Settlemyer. “These dollars will support a multitude of programs including economic development, recreation, hurricane relief, and highway planning and construction for the next decade.”
“Basically, every important allocation that occurs at the federal level is influenced in some way by census data,” he added.
Everyone in the United States is required by law to be counted. The census counts everyone living in the United States regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. This includes children and newborn babies, grandparents, friends, and anyone living with you on April 1, 2020.
According to a George Washington University study, North Carolina receives roughly $4,174 per-person, per-year, based on census population data, or $41,740 per person over the next ten years.
Using that math, increasing Davie County’s response to the census by just one percent would lead to almost $1.8 million additional federal dollars a year, or almost $18 million over the next 10 years!
“So far, 65.6 percent of Davie County residents have completed the census placing us at 4th place in the state, but that means that over 34 percent have yet to reply,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “We are only 3.4 percent away from being first in the state. Come on Davie County, we can do this!”
Increasing Davie County’s response to the census by just one percent would lead to almost $1.8 million additional federal dollars a year, or almost $18 million over the next 10 years!
Census data also determines how our state will redraw state legislator and congressional districts in 2021, how many representatives we’ll send to Washington D.C., and how many electoral votes North Carolina will possess in the 2024 and 2028 presidential elections.
“The 2020 Census is safe, confidential, and your information is protected by law,” explained Davie County Manager John Eller. “Completing the census is extremely important because so many programs that benefit our community will be impacted. Davie County needs a strong response rate so we can be counted.”
For the first time, you can complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Completing the census only takes a few minutes but the results will be far-reaching and long-lasting! To learn more about the census and how it impacts Davie County, visit the Davie County Government website HERE or view this video that explains How the Census Impacts your Community
And now, take just ten minutes to complete your census form online HERE!
If you would prefer to complete the Census by phone, customer service representatives are available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern Time on the following phone lines:
All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone.
According to the Census Bureau, census takers will begin visiting the homes of those who have not already responded once it has been deemed safe to do so. By responding independently now you can prevent a census worker from visiting your home later this year.
Please support your family, friends, and community by completing the 2020 Census today!