Counties "At Risk" For Losing Money

Several counties in Eastern Carolina are considered "at risk" for losing millions of dollars in funding, simply if people don't fill out their 2010 Census forms.

The group Democracy North Carolina analyzed counties for their history of low rates of mailing back their Census forms or they have a large amount of people who typically have low response rates. Some of those reasons include poverty.

“For every 1,000 residents not counted, a county could lose $1.5 million a year for school programs, health care, job training, housing, senior centers and more," said Bob Hall, director of Democracy North Carolina, the nonpartisan group that conducted the analysis.

Democracy North Carolina considers ten counties in Eastern North Carolina as "high risk" for census under count, including Bertie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Onslow, Pitt and Wilson.

Nine counties are considered at "elevated risk." They are Beaufort, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pender, Tyrrell, Washington and Wayne Counties.

For more details on the analysis, click here.


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  • by Former Resident on Apr 5, 2010 at 08:01 PM
    Maybe the reason why the residents of Bertie County won't be sending theirs back is because they know nothing will change. Some neighborhoods can't even get their roads paved and they are loyal tax payers. Local officials will continue to stop businesses from coming there. Over fifty percent of the population of Bertie work outside the county and spend their money outside the county. Bertie County is one of the biggest counties in the state, and it has nothing. What really need to be done is turning that golf course on highway 17 into a mall. A golf course in the middle of a poverty stricken neighborhood, ridiculous!
  • by private eyes on Mar 23, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    wrong answer please take edgecombe off the list.Why because the figureheads now to a great job of waistful spending.just take a glance at the sheriff department,Still buying them crown Vics
  • by Why? on Mar 19, 2010 at 04:09 AM
    What's the big deal? Fill out the little blue box and then put it in your mail box. Will any of the info we give them truly affect us? They just want a guesstimate of how many people live where, right? Have had these people at my house a long time ago, changes in adress made it hard for them to "track" us down. No clue that we where being searced for. They ask you questions, you initial the answers, then they leave. What's with all the paranoia? Is this all a big CONSPIRACY that's just been revealed?
  • by to Curious on Mar 18, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    "They can tell if your address sends it back. If no, they send someone to your home. What then? What if they come when nobody is home?" They come back. Not home then? They come back again...
  • by Curious on Mar 18, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Someone please tell me how so many people do not have to fill it out. The form has your address on it. They can tell if your address sends it back. If no, they send someone to your home. What then? What if they come when nobody is home? They certainly can find out who lives where so I'm not understanding how "not" completing the form is such an easy option.
  • by LW Location: Greenvile on Mar 18, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    Thanks Citizen. Didn't know about the "blue box".That,s all they will get from this househole,NOTHING MORE!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 18, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    Uh-huh "Butterbean". All they have to do is look up the name you have listed and see if you are legit. They also will have your address, so that will help them in various causes as well. You really think they would ask, "Are you here legally or illegally?" What bonehead would answer a question like that if he/she doesn't have legal residency in the United States? And some wonder why the governing representatives think they're smarter than the commoners...
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 18, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    G&P: I'm a conservative republican & a Christian, and I'm not complaining that big brother is watching. Don't generalize, it makes your point invalid when you do. I say fill it out and send it - it is the law to do so. I also say there are unnecessary & inappropriate additional questions on it. That's clear if you actually read the thing. It is also true that if you don't, it will only cost more because of the extra man hours of sending people to your door to get your answers anyway. I'm irritated about the extra mailing as well & would like to have not seen that happen because of the cost. If anyone is really concerned about stopping more unwarranted costs though, they'll just send it in and be done with it.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    Tug... get your facts straight. The only thing required by the constitution is number of residents in a household. That's all they got from me. Notice the blue box around only that question? Yeah, see, they aren't going to tell you why it's there, but it's there because that is ALL you are required to answer. Mine is already back in the mail. Anonymous person living at the address it was sent to. That's all they need to know. They get my taxes every year, so if you think you need to give them even more info, have at it. Just plain stupid I think. If they really want to know more about you, they don't have to ask. So why give up info so freely?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    not sending mine back. don't care
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