Why Does it Matter?
The Census determines how revenues are shared among governments, how businesses make decisions about where to locate, and impacts in countless other ways.
In 2010 more than 30,000 persons were not counted in Onslow County for various reasons. One reason, was that they did not fill out their forms.
2010 Census figures determined Onslow County’s population is 170,355 and the City of Jacksonville’s population is 70,145. It is estimated the actual City population is 81,612, as some military members and youth living in Jacksonville were not counted.
That miscount resulted in our area missing out on resources and attention. One estimate is that $402 million was lost over the decade in pass-through funds to this county.
You Count Here!
If you were living here on April 1, 2020, you count here.
Military Members Count Here. For military citizens, filling out your Census form for Jacksonville and Onslow County does not change your home of record or tax based residence. It is important you are counted here, even if you are here for a short time. By filling out the Census, you are ensuring a better future and more resources for the military member who will be stationed here when you leave.
Deployed Members Count Here. The old rule has been changed that if this is the base you deployed from and intend to return to, you count here. Watch for special instructions from the Department of Defense on this.
Veterans Count Here. Veterans were also not well represented in the 2010 Census. The number the Census has is far less than what officials believe are here.
Young and Old Count Here. Jacksonville and Onslow County had a significant number of children up to 5 years old who were not counted in the 2010 Census. This resulted in fewer funds being allocated in our community.
Everyone in Your Home Counts Here. Anyone, no matter the age, living in your home (even temporarily) on April 1, 2020, counts for Onslow County.
Complete the Census Today!
If you don’t have a place to go to fill out your Census information online, all County Libraries and many public spaces will have computers setup for this purpose.
It is your civic duty. It is a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!” North Carolina could have won another seat in Congress had everyone been counted in 2010. Be sure your voice is heard in Washington by filling out your Census.
Census Data is confidential. The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and only use it for statistical research. They cannot share your personal information with other agencies such as the FBI, Police or military.
Mayor to Mayor Challenge
During the March 9, 2020 Census Rally, Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips issued a challenge to the City of Greenville, NC to see which city would have the higher percentage increase in self-responses to the Census invitation. This means, as soon as you receive your Census invitation in the mail, you fill out and submit your form online, by phone or by mail before April 30.
If Jacksonville sees a greater increase in residents who self respond to the 2020 Census invitation, Greenville Mayor, PJ Connelly, will have to dress like a Marine (we haven’t decided which era) for a day. If Greenville sees the larger increase, Mayor Sammy Phillips will have to dress like a pirate for a day.
Redistricting for the City has been completed in response to the 2010 Census data. Redistricting information for the City is available.
The median age for the City of Jacksonville is 22.7, the youngest City in America (2018 Census estimates.) The state median age is 37.4. For more information on the 2010 census, please visit the American Fact Finder.