Residents of Seven Lakes are eagerly awaiting the arrival and results of the 2020 census. Population data has not been publicly updated since the 2000 census, and many are interested in seeing how the community has grown in the last two decades.
Though Seven Lakes is not officially a town, it is classified as a census-designated place, allowing census data to be recorded. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,214 people living in Seven Lakes, and the projected community growth in the past two decades is staggering.
Between March 12th and 20th, each home will receive a form inviting its residents to complete the 2020 Census. It is always best to fill out the form honestly, as the results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are funneled into states, cities, and even individual communities every year. The construction and maintenance of health clinics, fire departments, schools, and public roads can be influenced and shaped by census data.
According to the United States Census Bureau, no families within the Seven Lakes communities were living under the poverty line as of the most recent census; an impressive feat considering that fourteen percent of all North Carolinians are below the poverty threshold, with many rural communities in surrounding counties regularly having poverty rates upwards of thirty percent.
In recent years, Moore County has been on the upswing. According to statistics released by the U.S. government, “between 2016 and 2017 the population of Moore County, NC grew from 93,070 to 94,191, a 1.2% increase, and its median household income grew from $51,873 to $54,468, a 5% increase.”
Crime rates for the area, Seven Lakes included, have been looking better, as well. City data shows that the overall crime rate in Seven Lakes is 71% lower than the national average. On a case-by-case basis, Seven Lakes is safer than 84% of all cities in the United States. For 2019, neighboring Pinehurst was rated the second safest city in all of the United States.
Additionally, a review of the 2019 North Carolina Health Report reveals that Moore County as a whole ranked #23 for best health out of all 100 counties in North Carolina. This places Moore County in the top 1/3 of all counties in the state for health rates, including the spread of disease, cancer, and teen pregnancy.
Those worried about privacy need not worry. “The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential,” states the official U.S. census website. “By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. That’s protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.”
For more information on the upcoming census, to sign up for email updates, or to prepare for filling out your census, visit the official 2020 census website at www.2020census.gov