Are You Ready To Be Counted? Census Day is April 1

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Wondering how you can improve the quality of life in our community? Of the many things you can do, one of the easiest and most important is to fill out your census form in April.

For each resident who does not respond to the census, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in potential funding over the course of a decade.

What Is the Census?

The census is a count of everyone currently living in the country. It happens once every 10 years, as required by the U.S. Constitution.

The census helps determine how much funding Fairfax County receives from the $675 billion that the federal government allocates each year to improve transportation; provide education, healthcare and affordable housing; and to prepare for emergencies.

The census also helps determine where Fairfax County resources should go based on where people live. This includes schools, roads, firehouses, police stations and clinics.

It even determines how many representatives we send to Richmond and Washington, D.C., to advocate for our community.

When you complete the 2020 Census — it has a major impact on our neighborhoods!

Completing the Census

In March, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who is living at your address on April 1.

You can respond online, by phone or by mail. To ensure a complete and accurate count, census takers will visit residents who do not respond.

The census will ask for names, age, sex, race and the relation of everyone living in your household.


Federal law keeps all responses safe, secure and confidential. Your name and address cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration enforcement or any other government agency under any circumstance.

The information is only used to create accurate statistics about the nation’s people, places and economy to help serve the community.

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