Fifteen locations across Orange County will open Monday, March 16, to provide residents an opportunity to respond to the 2020 census.
Be Counted Sites are at public facilities, including libraries and community centers, and are open during normal hours of each facility. Each site has public computers with access to the Internet to enable residents to respond online to the census.
“Counting everyone is a priority in Orange County,” says Renee Price, Chair of the Orange County Complete Count Committee and the Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners. “Because many residents in Orange County lack reliable Internet access or smart phones, we are opening Be Counted Sites throughout the county to provide public computers that our residents can use to complete the survey.”Census 2020 Launch Parties
Monday, March 16, will officially kick off the 2020 Census across Orange County with a series of Census Launch events. Area residents can ask questions about the Census, enjoy a cupcake, and complete the Census on the spot – on their phone, laptop, or at one of the Census 2020 Be Counted sites. Launch party locations and times:
- 11:30 a.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library
- Noon at Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough
- 4:30 p.m. at the RENA Community Center
Look for your invitation to complete the census in your mail in mid-March. Completing the census will be easier than ever ? with online and phone options available as soon as you receive your invitation. The letter will include the phone number to call to respond to census questions in 13 languages.
Completing the 2020 Census is mandated by law and is important to communities. An accurate count ensures that Orange County and its municipalities and schools will receive the funds it is entitled to?its fair share of more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Studies estimate that each person who responds to the census brings more than $1,800 to the community in federal and state revenues.
Census data also determines congressional representation. North Carolina is projected to gain one U.S. House of Representatives seat.Be Counted Sites
Starting Monday, March 16, 15 locations across the county will serve as “Be Counted” sites, where residents can fill out the online Census form. These include libraries and community centers and will have signage directing people to computers to complete the form.
Northern Orange County
Southern Orange CountyPop-up Be Counted Sites
Pop-up Be Counted Sites will open on select Saturdays in March and April. Visit www.orangecountync.gov/2020census
for a list of these locations.Orange County Complete Count Committee
In Orange County, a Complete Count Committee
and subcommittees have been meeting since July 2019 to increase awareness and to motivate residents to respond to the 2020 census. With more than 300 million people in the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau relies on community partners for assistance. Committee members represent a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, nonprofits and other community organizations.