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Census 2020


What Is the Census?

The U.S. Constitution requires that the federal government count each and every person living in the United States once every ten years. Whether you were born in the U.S., moved here 10 years ago, or moved here 10 days ago, you are entitled to your share of representation and resources!

 

WHY SHOULD I FILL IT OUT?

• Accurate political representation - Census numbers determine how seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned.

• Fair Funding - An accurate Census count ensures that Alexandria gets its fair share of the $675 billion in federal resources each year.  This includes grants to local schools, Head Start, SNAP, the National School Lunch Program, WIC, Medicaid, CHIP, special education, foster care and subsidized housing.

• Planning for the future - Accurate counts help Alexandria officials, non-profits, and businesses best serve our community, as they use Census data to make location and service decisions like where to build new schools, roads and bus stops.

If only one percent of Alexandria residents are not counted in this Census, the City would miss out on more than $18 million over ten years.

Click here for more on how census data impacts our community.


 

HOW DO I FILL IT OUT?

 

In mid-March 2020, the Census Bureau will mail you a letter inviting you to respond to the Census. You can respond in three ways:

• Online: You can complete the census online beginning March 12. You will be able to answer in English, Spanish, Arabic, and ten other languages.

• By phone: Live telephone assistance will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and ten other languages. You can also respond in English by TDD at 844-467-2020.

• By mail: You will receive a paper form in mid-April if you have not already responded.

The Census Bureau provides translated web pages and guides in English, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and 56 other languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in braille and large print.

If you do not respond by mid- to late-April, Census Bureau representatives may contact you at your home.  The Census Bureau will NEVER ask for your social security number, money or donations, or your bank account or credit card numbers.

 


 

SECURITY

 

This is the first time that the census will be conducted primarily online, and some may wonder what the Census Bureau is doing to protect their data. For specific details, see the Technology FAQ from Census Counts.

 

The Census Bureau also features pages on how the Census Bureau protects your data, avoiding frauds and scams, and steps to fight misinformation and disinformation.

 



 

If you are very concerned about protecting your privacy, Alexandria Library recommends responding to the census on a secure network with password protection. For maximum data security protection, avoid filling out the census on your personal phone or tablet using our free Wi-Fi.

 


 

WHAT QUESTIONS ARE ASKED?


The 2020 Census will ask:

How many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020

Whether the home is owned or rented

Each person's sex

Each person's age

Each person's race

Whether each person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin

The relationship of each person to the householder

There is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Click to see a sample 2020 Census questionnaire in English or in Spanish.

If you have questions about who to count, see this Census Bureau web page.