The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count — or a census — of America’s population. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
The data collected by the census is used in many ways, such as:
Distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funds back to state and local governments
Redistricting of legislative districts
Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population
Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans
Assisting federal, tribal, state and local governments in planning and implementing programs, services and emergency response
Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly and children
Participation of each household is critical – particularly for ensuring that Fairfax County receives its fair share to advance affordable housing and other critical assistance programs. For every Northern Virginia resident who is not counted in the census, our region loses $1,200 a year in federal assistance program allocations.
Households will receive their invitation to respond to the census beginning March 12 - 20.