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2020 Census Quick Facts

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What is the Census?2020-04-07T12:53:29+00:00

The Federal Government is constitutionally required to count every person living in the United States every ten years.  A Census has been done in our country every 10 years since 1790.

Click HERE to learn more about the history of the Census.

Who should complete the Census?2020-04-07T12:56:20+00:00

Every person living in the United States should be counted in the Census, regardless of citizenship status.

Click HERE to find out how students, military service members, people who live in correctional facilities, and homeless populations are counted.

What happens if someone isn’t counted?2020-04-07T13:07:27+00:00

The Federal Government uses Census data to determine how to distribute $675 billion dollars in funding, every year.  For each person that isn’t counted, a community loses $2,000.  Since the Census is only done every 10 years, that’s $20,000 in funding!

The federal funding each community receives goes to important programs in our community – education, transportation, public safety, SNAP & TANF benefits, and more.

But, it’s not just about the money!  Census data is used to draw voting districts and allocate congressional representation.  It also helps local governments know who lives in their City, which can then be used to attract businesses, allocate their own resources, and more.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can click HERE to read a report by the US Census Bureau to learn more about federal funding.

What information will I have to provide?2020-04-07T13:01:19+00:00

Census data is CONFIDENTIAL.  You will NOT be asked to provide your social security number or bank account information.

The Census only takes 15 minutes, and you will be asked for the age, gender, race, and ethnicity for each person in your household.

You will NOT be asked about your citizenship status.

Click HERE to learn more about how the Census Bureau protects your information.

I don’t want to complete the Census online.2020-04-07T13:04:48+00:00

You should have received an invitation to complete the Census in the mail.  In 2020, we can respond to the Census online for the first time.  While you can complete the Census online, you can still respond by returning this form by mail.  You can also respond by phone:

If you or someone you know needs to respond by phone with a language not listed here, or who is deaf or hard of hearing, click HERE.

If you did not receive anything from the Census Bureau, you can still respond:

If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau yet, you can still respond online. Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

Virginia’s Hard to Count Communities

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