How many households in NC may receive the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit?

By on 5.24.21 in NC in Focus

The Verge recently published a county-by-county look at the broadband gap, showing counties across the country where less than 15 percent of households are using the internet at broadband speeds (25 Mbps or above.) In NC, 20 of our 100 counties meet this definition of "low broadband." A new program from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to fill that gap. In late February, the FCC announced that they were launching a new Emergency…

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What you need to know about today’s 2020 Census release

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to release the latest state population counts on April 26, 2021 at 3 PM ET. These numbers, the first results from the 2020 Census, are used to determine how many congressional seats each state has in the House of Representatives. We’ve received a lot of questions about the upcoming release. I recently spoke to Rebecca Tippett, the founding director of Carolina Demography, about the release and what’s expected to happen…

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Your NC apportionment questions, answered

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to release the latest state population counts by April 30, 2021. These numbers, the first results from the 2020 Census, are used to determine how many congressional seats each state has in the House of Representatives. We've received a lot of questions about the upcoming release. I recently spoke to Rebecca Tippett, the founding director of Carolina Demography, about the upcoming release and what's expected to happen in North Carolina.…

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Making sense of the 2020 Census: October 14 update

Yesterday SCOTUS issued an order setting aside a lower court order that extended the 2020 Census through October 31, 2020, allowing the Trump administration to end counting soon. Last night, the Census Bureau issued  an operations update stating that Census collection will end on October 15, 2020. Here's what you need to know: When does the Census end? Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020. Specifically:…

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Getting everyone counted in the 2020 Census

By on 6.24.20 in Census 2020

A complete and accurate census count is incredibly important. The census shapes how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed (including $43.8 billion to North Carolina), how political seats are apportioned, and how communities plan for their future residents. Historically, certain populations have been undercounted in the census, due to a variety of factors. In 2010, the Census Bureau estimated the census missed about 2.1% of the Black population nationwide. For young children, the…

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Activities you can do with your children to promote Census 2020

The recent stay-at-home orders have caused Carolina Demography's under-5 staff population to grow substantially. Though our temporary new colleagues generally prefer crayons to Excel and chalk drawings to data analysis, they are willing and able to help with our ongoing Census work. Below are some activities we've tried with our kids that may also work in your house or neighborhood (if you're looking for civically-themed activities that hold toddlers' attention for a moderate amount of…

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It’s Census Day — We made Census-themed Zoom backgrounds for you!

April 1 is traditionally celebrated as Census Day. But, as we all know, this Census Day is a vastly different than in past decades due to COVID-19. Instead of in-person celebrations around the country, many Census advocates will be giving press conferences today on video conferencing software. To encourage more people to fill out the Census, we've created some Census-themed Zoom backgrounds. Use them! Share them! Send us a picture on Twitter (@ncdemography) or through…

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Census 2020: Everything you need to know about North Carolina’s hard-to-count communities

A complete and accurate census count is incredibly important. The census shapes how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed, how congressional seats are apportioned, and how communities plan for their future residents. But certain populations have historically been undercounted in the census, due to a variety of factors. Undercounting these communities skews the census data that’s used to ensure fair political representation and support community planning. To help North Carolina achieve a complete…

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