NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: FEBRUARY 24, 2010


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to help ensure a complete and accurate count of the state's population on the 2010 Census. As a part of this effort, liaisons from the NCDPI will work with the Census Bureau and serve on the North Carolina Complete Count Committee. The agency also will work to raise awareness about the census through newsletter articles and other coverage of census events and programs.

"The census defines who we are as a state and a nation," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "With more than $400 billion in federal funds at stake every year, we are committed to making sure North Carolina's 2010 Census data is as complete and accurate as possible so that our state receives the resources it needs and deserves."

Having accurate census data helps determine Congressional representation and grant funding, and guides local decision-makers on where to build new roads, hospitals, housing, schools and other public facilities. For each person who is not counted, North Carolina could lose approximately $10,000 over the next 10 years.

The 2010 Census form contains 10 questions, and residents' responses are not only essential, but required by law. The Census Bureau keeps respondents' answers confidential and only uses them for tabulations that do not reveal any personal data about individuals or households. Census forms will be mailed or delivered to households March 15-17. Forms also will be available at Be Counted sites and Questionnaire Assistance Centers through April for those who need help or who did not receive a form by mail. Census workers will visit households from May through July to follow up with those who did not return forms.

For more information, visit or contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.