2020 is a census year and as such, Rowan County Government is partnering with municipalities, local businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, civic and faith-based groups, and other community leaders to spread the word about the importance of an accurate census count.
If you would like to join the Complete Count Committee, please contact us.
What is the Census?
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
Why does it matter to Rowan County?
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. The Census will allocate $675 billion in federal funding to go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other vital community programs based on census data. It is our goal that Rowan County receives its fair share.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.