2020 U.S. Census – Chatham County needs everyone counted

By Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Pittsboro, NC – Did you know that completing the 2020 Census brings federal tax dollars back into Chatham County? That’s right! April 1, 2020 is Census Day and everyone living in Chatham County counts! Households have already started receiving information about completing the 2020 Census via mail. The data from the 2020 Census has lasting impacts on our community.

US census 2020 Enayet Raheem
photo by Enayet Raheem

Here’s why the 2020 Census matters to Chatham County:

** Federal Funding: Census data brings federal tax dollars back to Chatham County. Chatham County receives around $133 million in federal funds annually that impact programs like Medicare, Chip and Head Start.

** Political Representation: The census is an essential part of our democracy! Our numbers determine the number of seats North Carolina has in the US House of Representatives. It is also used for redistricting at the national, state and local level.

** Community Planning: Census data helps plan roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers and emergency services in our communities. It also assists businesses in locating corporate headquarters, factories and stores.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 Census:

** It’s safe: The US Census Bureau only uses your information to produce statistics. By law, your responses cannot be used against you or shared with anyone, including other government agencies.

** It’s easy: You can complete the 2020 Census online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail when the form arrives in mid-April. It only has 10 questions that take about 10 minutes to complete. Depending on the size of your household, it may take a little longer.

** It’s important: Completing the 2020 Census affects our schools, roads, hospitals and services for the next 10 years.


Courtney Cooper-Lewter is an analyst in the Chatham County Manager’s Office at 12 East Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312