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. 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.
Dare County’s Complete Count Committee is made up of community leaders, local government communicators, and more. The goal of this committee is to 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 to reach Dare's citizens.
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.
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.
BE COUNTED. STAY SAFE.
Safety Tips for Residents Ahead of the 2020 U.S. Census
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
Help educate and inform our local community by using these resources.
The 2020 Census counts everyone living Dare County. 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.
Community Challenge: Respond Now!
Is the response rate low where you live? Take the survey now and challenge your friends and neighbors to fill it out for their household!
Dare County Actual Overall Response Rate: 65%*
The map below is updated weekly on Mondays by 3 p.m.
Please note: Dare County’s response rate shown here is different from what’s shown on the census response website where areas with high rates of vacancy and undeliverable mail show lower rates of self-response. Dare County is unique in that many housing units are vacant, therefore, it skews the self-response rate percentage. The rates shown here have taken the vacant housing units into account for a more accurate portrayal of response by area.