Today is April 1 – National Census Day 2020

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Provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

While the COVID-19 outbreak has brought many community activities to a halt, the 2020 U.S. Census count continues. The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond online by going to
The census form is easy to fill out. You are asked how many people are living at your address, and for each one their name, date of birth, ethnic identity and sex. Your responses are confidential and never published.
A complete and accurate census count is important for the Northern Virginia region. Census results are used to determine how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to states and communities. In Virginia for every person not counted, the state/region loses $1,200 per year for 10 years, or $12,000 total, in federal assistance program allocations.

Northern Virginia receives funds to support many local programs:

  • Head Start,
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
  • National School Lunch Program,
  • Medicaid,
  • Medicare Part B,
  • Highway Planning and Construction,
  • Federal Housing Choice Voucher Subsidies,
  • Insurance Program (CHIP), and more.

State Government

Finally, state government has a stake in the census, as the results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. The count will determine whether Virginia will gain, lose or hold steady in the number of seats it has in the U.S. House.
You can do your part to ensure everyone is counted by filling out your own census form online, by phone or mail today! Take the Census.

Share on Social Media

After you’ve completed the Census, share on social media to remind your networks to do the same! Copy and paste the following post, or create your own:
Today is #2020Census Day! Join me in completing the Census and help our region get its fair share of federal funding for the next 10 years! #NOVACounts

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