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National Census Day is April 1, 2020! 

Our goal is to make sure all of Chatham is COUNTED!

 Have you been counted yet?

 

 

 

2020 Chatham Census Completion Rate: 32.8%

 
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What is the Census?

Every 10 years the federal government counts everyone living in the United States through the Census. The Census is a questionnaire mailed to every household that asks basic questions about the individuals living in the home.

Why the Census is important in Chatham County

Because the Census only happens every 10 years, it has a long lasting impact on American communities through political representation, funding, and community planning.

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.

Funding 

Census data brings federal tax dollars back to Chatham County. Chatham County receives around $132,961,408 in federal funds annually that impact programs like Medicare, Chip and Head start.

Community Planning & Economic Development 

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.

 To learn more about the importance of the Census, click here

How you will be notified

Beginning in March 2020, every Chatham household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census via mail. Harder to reach individuals may be contacted directly through a census worker. 

You will receive the following: 

Date Notification
   March 12-20    An invitation via mail to respond online to the 2020 Census.
   March 16-24    A reminder letter via mail. 
        If you haven't yet responded...
   March 26-April 3    A reminder postcard via mail. 
   April 8-16    A reminder postcard and paper questionnaire via mail.
   April 20-27    A final reminder postcard via mail before Census workers follow-up in person.
        If you still haven't responded...
   May-August    Census workers follow-up in person at homes that did not respond. 

 To learn more about the operational timeline of the 2020 Census, click here.

How to complete the 2020 Census Questionnaire

You will receive a Census ID in the mail to use when you complete the census. Or, you can use your address to complete the Census. The Census is just 10 short questions for the person completing the questionnaire and 6 follow-up questions about each individual in the household. The Census can be completed online, by phone or by mail. You can visit my2020census.gov, call 844-330-2020 or return the questionnaire that was mailed to you. To learn more about the ways that you can respond to the 2020 Census, click here

If you prefer to go to a central location to complete the Census in person you can go to any of these locations in Chatham County: **due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all locations are currently not allowing visitors - please return for update on April 1**

Chatham County Census Completion Locations:
Chatham County
Library

197 NC Hwy 87N,
Pittsboro, NC 27312

NCWorks
764 West Street,
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Wren Memorial
Library

500 N Second Ave,
Siler City, N 27344 
Hispanic Liaison
200 N Chatham Ave,
Siler City, NC 27344 
Chatham Charter
2200 Hamp Stone
Rd, Siler City, NC
27344

  To learn more about Chatham's Census Completion Locations, click here.

The most important things to know about the 2020 Census

 

 IT'S SAFE

By law, your responses cannot be used against you or shared with any government agency, law enforcement, or even landlord. 

 

IT'S EASY

There are only 10 questions that take about 10 minutes to answer for 10 years of impact on Chatham!

 

 

IT'S IMPORTANT

A good count means more money for local schools and other services for Chatham residents.


Helpful Resources

General Census Resources Chatham Specific Resources

     Census 101 (Spanish/English)

     Confidentiality (Spanish/English)

     Sample Letter (English)

     Sample Paper Questionnaire (Bilingual)

     Why They Ask (English)

     Chatham Census 101 (English

     Census Completion Locations (Bilingual)

     Chatham Census Presentation (Bilingual)

     Chatham Media Toolkit (English)

     NC Census Coloring Book 

Chatham Complete Count Committee (CCC) 

Chatham’s Complete Count Committee (CCC) is a volunteer group that the County Manager’s Office established in partnership with community leaders to increase awareness about the Census and motivate residents to respond to the census questionnaire. Chatham’s Complete Count Committee is made up of a diverse group of local government employees, nonprofit leaders, schools, and residents. Our membership includes:

  • US Census Bureau Representative
  • Residents
  • Pastors
  • Ferrington Genealogy Group
  • Chatham Literacy
  • Chatham County Libraries
  • Chatham Partnership for Children
  • Council on Aging
  • NC Cooperative Extension
  • CCCC
  • NC Works
  • Chatham EDC
  • Chatham Chamber of Commerce
  • Chatham Public Health Department
  • Chatham DSS
  • Chatham Charter
  • Chatham County Schools
  • Town of Siler City
  • Chatham Parks & Recreation
  • County Manager’s Office

If you have any questions, please contact:

Courtney Cooper-Lewter, Analyst – Chatham County Manager’s Office

Email: courtney.cooperlewter@chathamnc.org Phone: 919-545-8200

Page Last Update March 2020