The current status of the 2020 Census Count could mean the State of North Carolina losing $7 billion each year for the next 10 years.
That money would mostly be felt at the local level.
So far, nearly 40 percent of North Carolina has not responded to the Census, leaving the state severely undercounted.
Just under two weeks remain in the process, as the deadline to respond is September 30.
According to the League of Municipalities, every single response to the 2020 Census is an estimated $18,000 to North Carolina over the next decade. For a family of four, that's $72,000.
That is funding for roads, early education, rural development, veterans, senior care, emergency response services, and parks.
The 2020 Census Count determines North Carolina's federal funding and representation for the next 10 years.
Nash County's current overall self-response rate is 63.7 percent, which is 3.3 percent below the county's previous response in 2010.
"A low response rate puts Nash County communities at risk of losing their fair share of state and federal funding for education, healthcare, road repairs, emergency response and other critical public services for the next 10 years," said Adam Tyson, Chair of the Nash County Complete County Committee.
So far, only four Nash County towns have a higher self-response rate than their previous ranking in 2010. Those municipalities include Red Oak, with a 77.5 percent self-response rate (4.3 percent above 2010; Castalia at 48.2 percent (8.8 percent above 2010); Middlesex at 46.4 percent (15.6 percent above 2010; and Bailey at 43.7 percent (14.5 percent above 2010.
In Nashville, the self-response rate is 69.2 percent, which is 2.7 percent below the 2010 self-response rate.
Nashville Town Manager Randy Lansing brought the issue up at the board's September 1 meeting.
"Our people are falling behind on completing the census," Lansing said.
Lansing said responding to the Census was important for the town.
"The population brings money in for each and every town and Nash County and Nashville," he said.
Nashville Mayor Brenda Brown said people likely didn't realize the impact they had.
"I don't think people realize how important it is and how much money it brings in," Brown said.
"Every person counts as far as us being able to get funding," Councilwoman Lynne Hobbs added.
To respond to the 2020 Census, visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.