The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 13 that data collection for the 2020 Census would end on Oct. 15. As of that date at 11:59 p.m., all operations for the 2020 Census will be concluded.
The deadline has changed more than once, moving from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, back to Oct. 5, and then being extended again to Oct. 31 as decisions have been made, challenged and appealed. This latest decision sets an Oct. 15 end date for internet self-response, phone participation and mailed surveys. Census takers will continue resolving non-responsive addresses through the end of the day on Oct. 15.
The Census Bureau reports that 99.9 percent of households have been accounted for in the 2020 Census. This includes a 63.2 percent self-response rate for the state of North Carolina. Census takers have also been going door to door since mid-August to ensure that non-responsive households are being included in the population count.
The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to take place every 10 years. Results of the Census determine government representation, as well as impacting funding decisions. Billions of dollars in federal funding are appropriated to states, counties and communities based on statistics derived from the Census each decade. This funding is earmarked for infrastructure, education, healthcare, emergency services and other needs. According to the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, 2020 Census data will bring funding of $1,823 per person, per year back to N.C. communities.
In Granville County, 67.9 percent of all households have responded to the Census through self-response. Residents who have not yet responded are urged to complete the Census online (my2020census.gov), by phone (844-330-2020 in English, 844-468-2020 in Spanish) or by paper form by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15.