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​​​For the 2020 Census, everyone counts. 

The 2020 Census is a big deal, especially to municipalities.
Given the implications—from your representation to your revenue—it is vital that we get the count right. 

When does it begins, what does it entail, and where can you find helpful resources?
Answers to those questions are below. And, as always, League staff is here to help.​


Why It's Important

​​It's your neighbors, your co-workers, your family. It's your hometown. Make it count.

It determines your share of federal funding. 

  • A larger population equals a larger slice of the nearly $700 billion available. These are funds for your parks, schools, and roads. 

It determines who represents you, both in Washington and Raleigh. 

  • ​Congressional and state district lines are redrawn following each Census. The 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are reapportioned based on newly tabulated state populations. More people means more representatives and more electoral votes.
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Road to the 2020 Census 

​​How People Can Respond​

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail
The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.

Find out more at ​​

How Cities Can Help​

Cities have a crucial role in ensuring that their population is fully counted. From engaging the community to establishing an internal plan, municipal preparations should begin as early as possible. 

Below is a list of recommendations. More information can be found in the NLC 2020 Census Municipal Action Guide​ and U.S. Census Bureau Toolkit

  • Install online response kiosks at libraries, post offices, and city-owned buildings
  • Ensure every housing unit in your community is accurately recorded
  • Partner with the regional Census Bureau office in your area
  • Launch motivation/communication campaigns 
    • Self-responses significantly reduce the time and cost burden of achieving a complete count. 
    • Leaders should participate in community events 
    • All social media channels should devote campaigns towards the census
  • Recruit and partner with the temporary workforce that will be tasked with reaching non-responsive households. 
  • Once Census is complete, release the data to illustrate its value. 


​Cities and towns should look to three main resources for information. Additionally, NCLM staff is prepared to support municipalities with all Census help.​

Regional Office

The regional Census office for North Carolina will be located in Atlanta

101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 3200
Atlanta, GA 30303-2700
(404) 730-3832 or 1-800-424-6974
FAX: (404) 730-3835
TDD: (404) 730-3963

More information on the Atlanta regional office can be found here:

U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau has published numerous valuable resources

National League of Cities

The NLC supports the Census Bureau's mission, and understands its importance to municipalities nationwide. The NLC's 2020 Census Municipal Action Guide is the most applicable​ resource for North Carolina cities and towns. The guide covers the Census from all angles relevant to municipalities, shares best practices, and offers instruction on how to get involved. ​

NLC 2020 Census Municipal Action Guide