While restaurants, schools and many other services have been temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one aspect of life in Orange County that is still going strong is the 2020 Census. Orange County has the highest census response rate out of 100 North Carolina counties at 52.7 percent, compared to the statewide rate of 42.9 percent as of Tuesday night.
In an effort to encourage citizens to participate in the census, Orange County created a Complete Count Committee made up of local government officials and community leaders tasked with spreading the word about the importance of filling out the census.
Renee Price, the committee's chairperson, said the county was intentional with the diversity of people it appointed to the committee.
“The committee is made up of people from all aspects of life in Orange County — from government, to nonprofits that serve clients, to departments that serve clients, to just community organizations," she said. "We just tried to hit everyone, including people that speak different languages."
Price also said the committee has undertaken a marketing campaign to promote the census, which has included promotions on radio and in the Orange County newsletter, a video made by students from Cedar Ridge High School and a public service announcement that the Department of Health translated into several different languages.