Census 2020

Everyone Counts

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.

Completing the Census

By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone or by mail.

Approximately 95% of households will receive their census invitation in the mail, while 5% will receive theirs when a census taker drops it off (primarily for households that use a PO box).

Census Day will be on April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you'll note where you are living on April 1.

Timeline

Here is what you will receive in the mail in 2020:

  • March 12-20: An invitation to respond to the census.
  • March 16-24: A reminder letter.

If you haven't responded yet, you will receive additional notifications:

  • March 26-April 3: A reminder postcard.
  • April 8-16: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
  • April 20-27: A final reminder postcard before receiving a follow-up in person.

Confidentiality

All responses to Census Bureau surveys and censuses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U .S . Code. Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep respondent information confidential. It will never share a respondent’s personal information with immigration enforcement agencies, like ICE; law enforcement agencies, like the FBI or police; or allow it to be used to determine their eligibility for government benefits. The results from any census or survey are reported in statistical format only.

Complete Count Committee

The Board of Supervisors has established a Complete Count Committee to create awareness about the upcoming census and to target hard-to-count populations. The committee is co-chaired by Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and retired Fairfax County employee Tilly Blanding, and it is composed of staff and community members who have access to historically undercounted groups of people.

Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Jobs include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff.

Stand Up for the Count Video

Contact Us

For more information, email census2020@fairfaxcounty.gov.