Fairfax County households that have not yet filled out their 2020 Census may be visited by census takers over the next few weeks as the U.S. Census Bureau begins enumeration activities nationwide. The county has already received responses from more than 76% of its residents, but hopes to be near a 100% response rate before the final Census deadline of Sept. 30. The enumerators will be visiting households that have not yet responded to help collect Census information in a fast, safe and confidential way. Residents in low-response areas may also receive emails asking them to complete the 2020 Census.
Identifying Census Takers
Census takers can be easily identified by a government ID badge that includes a photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. If you are uncertain and would like to confirm a census taker’s identity, you can call the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020 for more information.
Census takers are hired from the local community and are required to wear masks when they visit. They should also practice physical distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance as outlined by local public health officials.
What to Expect from Your Visit
All of the enumerators will speak English; many are also bilingual. If the census taker does not speak the household’s language, the resident may request a return visit from a census taker who speaks the language.
The census taker will ask you to complete your Census and will make sure your information is provided to the Census Bureau. While you are required by law to participate, the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau does not disclose any personal information. A respondent’s personal information will never be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, like ICE; law enforcement agencies, like the FBI or police; or be used to determine eligibility for government benefits. The results from any census or survey are reported in statistical format only.
You Can Still Respond Online and by Phone
If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response. Households can still complete the 2020 Census online, by phone at 844-330-2020 (TTY 711) or by completing the paper survey received in the mail.
Why the Census Is Important
Occurring only once every 10 years, the Census is the best opportunity to count all residents in Fairfax County regardless of age, race, ethnicity, citizenship status or any other demographic characteristic. An accurate count makes sure all residents are fairly represented in federal and state government and that federal resources are allocated correctly across state and local jurisdictions. Fairfax County wishes for every resident to be counted to ensure our community gets the funding and government support it needs.