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2020 Census

The 2020 Census count is officially ended, and WNC outperformed the rest of the state when it came to beating the 2010 response rate! Despite underfunding, a global pandemic, a growing social movement and an election cycle, our county leaders and nonprofit partners stepped up in a big way!

  • Our region outperformed the state and the nation in terms of increases over the 2010 response rates. The U.S. Census response increased .5% from 2010; the state decreased 1.4% from 2010. Western North Carolina increased its average response rate by 2.2% from 2010 to 2020.
  • 10 of our 18 counties and the EBCI exceeded their 2010 response rates. That’s 58% of our area, compared to only 32% of counties across the state as a whole.
  • Our nonprofit partners counted more than 34,000 people (and the numbers are still coming in).
  • As a whole, our entire region increased the count from 47.7% in 2010 to 49.95% in 2020, resulting in approximately $18 billion in forecasted funding flowing into WNC over the next decade.
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Robbinsville United Methodist Church

Built on faith and a tradition of service, RUMC has become the go-to partner for organizations looking to improve lives. “We do a lot of the heavy social lifting in the community,” says Pastor Eric Reece. “We help because our faith calls us to.”


WNC Communities

Western North Carolina Communities became Dogwood’s first key partner for Census outreach. “I had been pushing the Census with our communities already, and some of them were working hard, but all on a volunteer basis,” says Wells. 

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