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Thank you for volunteering to serve as a Census Captain for the 2020 Census. Each month around this time you will receive a copy of the Captains' Log with materials you can share with your networks, including social media posts, a short article for an electronic newsletter or website, and graphics.

If you have any questions, please contact Orange County Community Relations Director Todd McGee at (919) 245-2302 or

Short article for e-news, website or email groups

Why does the Census matter?

This spring residents of Orange County will be asked to participate in the 2020 Census. It is important for all residents to complete the census, because the framers of the Constitution of the United States chose population to be the basis for sharing political power, not wealth or land.

The census asks questions of people in homes and group living situations, including how many people live or stay in each home, and the sex, age and race of each person. The data collected determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment). Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors.

Responding to the census helps your community get its fair share of more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

For more information about the census, please visit

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Download the above graphic for use on websites, email newsletters or social media.

Social media posts

Long form (Facebook, instagram)

Every 10 years, the @uscensusbureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Learn more about the importance of the #2020Census and how to participate:

Short form (Twitter)

Responding to the #2020Census is our civic duty and affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources, how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. To learn more, visit

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