Your response matters.
There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape Dare County.
See the impact it can have on your community.
The census survey is short and easy.
See the short list of questions that will be asked.
Your security matters.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. They cannot share responses identifying individuals with the public or other federal agencies (until 72 years after the information is collected).
See how the Census Bureau protects your data.
Help educate and inform our local community by using these resources.
The 2020 Census is coming, and everyone living in Dare County should be counted (even children).
A complete and accurate count is vital for the entire community. The Census is conducted just once every ten years as required by the United States Constitution. The basic data it collects helps to shape the future for you, your family, and your neighbors. It informs the allocation of funding for the community as well as determines the number of seats each state gets in Congress. Every person (both citizens and non-citizens) living in Dare County at the time of the Census must complete the survey.
Everyone is affected by this count. If you drive on a road, cross a bridge, have children in school, go to the doctor's office or hospital, require special assistance from federally funded programs, or use any other public service, join us and make the pledge to participate in the 2020 Census.
How you participate:
By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. The process is quick and easy. You'll then have three options to respond:
- By phone
- By mail with a paper questionnaire
If you are filling out the census for your household, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time.
Get details on how to count young children and how to handle special circumstances here.
To make the 2020 Census a success, we need your help.
- Talk to family, friends, and coworkers about the importance of completing the census.
- Promote the census on your social media. Use the hashtag #DareCounts.
- You play a key role in ensuring a complete count. You may reach hard-to-reach audiences or engage with historically under-counted populations on a regular basis. Click here for ways you can help spread education and census awareness.
- You are a vital component of reaching everyone in your town. Click here for the toolkit and ways you can help.
Dare County’s Complete Count Committee is made up of community leaders, local government communicators, and more. The goal of this committee is assist the 2020 Census regional effort and increase Dare County's response rate. The committee has developed an action plan to spread messaging and awareness.
Have questions about why the census matters? Need help understanding how you can complete it? Our team will be happy to visit local organizations or groups to talk about why the Census 2020 is important.
BE COUNTED. STAY SAFE.
Safety Tips for Residents Ahead of the 2020 U.S. Census
By April 1, 2020, every household in America will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census. Once your invitation arrives, you can respond for your household in one of three ways:online, by telephone or by mail.
While the U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants, scam artists will be trying to exploit this once-a-decade event.
Here are some quick tips to help keep you and your family safe:
Avoid Scams Online
Corrupt emails can direct you to a website that looks real but is fake–and may be infected with viruses. Make sure the website address has a census.gov domain and is encrypted–look for https:// or a lock symbol in your browser window.
Please remember hat the Census Bureau will NEVER ask for:
- Your Social Security Number
- Your bank account or credit card numbers
- Passwords or clues, like your mother's maiden name, etc.
- Money or donations
Avoid Scams on the Telephone
Do not blindly trust caller ID. Scammers often use "spoofing" tools to make it appear they are calling from a real Census Bureau number. You can call the National Processing Center at 800-523-3205, 800-642-0469, or 800-877-8339 (TDD/TTY) to verify that a telephone survey is legitimate.
Stay Safe at Home
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 U.S. Census, you should do the following to verify their identity:
- Check to make sure they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a United States Department of Commerce watermark, an expiration date, and a copy of the letter the Census Bureau sent you. U.S. Census workers will always be willing and cooperative in presenting their identification.
- If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local U.S. Census Bureau representative.
Sheriff Doug Doughtie