Demographics & Population Estimates
The census determines how revenues are shared among governments, how businesses make decisions about where to locate, and impacts in countless other ways. The 2010 census was published at the beginning of 2010. All of Onslow County is considered the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA. You may see this referred to in national reviews of publications. The Jacksonville MSA population is the same as the county.
2010 census figures have determined Onslow County's population 170,355 and the City of Jacksonville's population of 70,145. It is estimated the actual City population is 81,612, as some military living in Jacksonville were not counted. Redistricting for the City has been completed in response to the 2010 census data. Redistricting information for the City is available.
You Count Here: Ensuring An Accurate Count 2020
A workshop designed to ensure that everyone is counted for the 2020 Census gathered a diverse group in June 2019 to study the Census and the value of a complete count for our community.
Business operators, government staffers, nonprofit leaders, military personnel, church and other community members joined the Onslow Complete Count Committee for the Census Solutions Workshop. The event sought public input on how to count some portions of our population that were undercounted in the 2010 Census.
It was noted that had the deployed military and their families been counted in 2010, more than $402 million of federal and state funds would have come to Onslow County over the decade since the Census and that North Carolina could have likely had an additional seat in Congress.
The workshop explored options for ensuring military spouses, persons under five years old, and other special groups such as veterans, are accurately counted for the 2020 Census.
This is the first in a series of workshops and events that the Complete Count committee will host to help ensure everyone is counted for the 2020 Census.