North Carolina will likely be gaining another congressional seat after the 2020 Census, which would raise the number of representatives in the state to 14.
Election Data Services, a political consulting firm that specializes in analyzing census data, released a statement on Dec. 30 that North Carolina and six other states are likely to increase their congressional delegation based on 2019 population estimates.
Kimball Brace, the president of Election Data Services, said the census would need to have around 337,000 fewer people on it than the 2019 estimate in order for the state to not gain a seat.
“Undercounting of certain communities is a big issue during the census,” Jessica Stanford, a demographic analyst from Carolina Demographics, said. “Some of that is balanced by the fact that other groups of people are overcounted.”
Marilyn Carter, chairperson of the Orange County Democratic Party, said ensuring an accurate census count is important because it determines resources that get allocated from the federal government. Carter said funding from the federal government impacts the health standards, schools and transportation for residents in North Carolina.