The 2020 Census will commence one year from April 1, 2019. For detailed information about the Census please visit their web site. The Census is also hiring numerous positions. For details visit their job web site for information.
The 2020 Census will be the first Census where responses can be submitted on-line, by telephone or in paper form. According to the Census Bureau the first enumeration of the 2020 Census officially begins January 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska. In March 2020, the Census Bureau will mail invitations to respond to nearly every household in the country and activate the online response form. Responses to the 2020 Census are confidential and protected by law and can only be used to produce statistics.
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Why the Census is Important
The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.
It’s About Fair Representation
Every 10 Years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state including Virginia gets.
It’s in the Constitution
The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790 and the first Administrator was Thomas Jefferson.
It’s About $675 Billion
The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to communities like Arlington is based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
It’s About Redistricting
After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Taking Part is Your Civic Duty
Completing the census is a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT.”