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Everyone counts and everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. When you respond, everyone benefits.
The U.S. Constitution requires that every 10 years each decade we take a count — or a census — of America’s population. The goal of the 2020 United States Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
The census is much more than just a headcount. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, roads, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why participation and an accurate count is so important.
The next decennial Census has been positioned to be “high-tech” and easier than ever; however, urgent action is needed. The 2020 Census is facing unprecedented challenges — insufficient and delayed funding; decrease in the number of census offices and enumerators; cybersecurity threats (real and perceived) and the digital divide; and community reluctance and fear of sharing information with the government.
The time for action to support a complete and accurate count is now. Join United Way of the National Capital Area, the census bureau, and other census champions in ensuring all DMV residents are counted in 2020.
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.
Census data is used to make sure government resources are allocated fairly and that everyone is represented equally in our political system. Your response brings funding for schools, highways, healthcare, social services, and housing in your community.
A regional movement to #CountDMVIn launched at the June 6, 2019 regional forum, Interventions That Work: 2020 Census & Hard-to-Reach Communities. Watch the kickoff video featuring community leaders below.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your information cannot be shared with immigration, law enforcement or social service agencies, and can ONLY be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against you in any way. The census will NOT ask about your citizenship or immigration status.
Every person living in your residence should be counted regardless of their age, citizenship and immigration status, or criminal history. Each household should submit one census response that includes all family and non-family members, such as roommates.
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