2020 U.S. Census

The 2020 U.S. Census is an opportunity for all Alexandria residents to be counted. The Census aims to include all members of Alexandria’s community, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or place of birth. Census data will be used for the next ten years to make sure Alexandria residents are fairly represented in state and federal government, and that the City receives its fair share of federal and state funding for local programs such as education, health care, or housing.

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2020 Census TimelineIn March 2020, every household in the United States will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. 



The Census is important because it is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and allocate over $675 billion in federal resources to state and local governments. The City of Alexandria uses Census data to learn about our population and serve all residents equitably. 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!

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What is the Census?

The Decennial Census (Census) is a full count of United States residents, which includes all people who live in the United States. The Census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every ten years, and is mandated under Article 1, Section 2 of the US Constitution.

After collecting data from households, the Census Bureau processes those data to protect every resident's privacy. It then aggregates the data, and disseminates the results to the President, the states, and the American people. Census data are most prominently used to:

  • Apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Distribute over $675 billion federal dollars to state and local governments
  • Redistrict at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Provide statistical support for grant applications
  • Help communities, like the City of Alexandria, plan for future needs

The City of Alexandria's Complete Count Committee is supporting the 2020 Census by motivating all Alexandria residents to participate in the Census. The Committee welcomes Alexandria residents, businesses, and organizations to participate in Census outreach efforts. 


How will the Census affect me?

In March 2020, all residential addresses will receive a invitation in the mail to participate in the 2020 Census. You may respond online, over the phone, or by mail depending on your preference. The online Census form will be available in 12 languages other than English, and language guides are available for 60 languages.

Census Day is April 1, 2020. Households that have not participated in the Census by this point may be contacted at their home by a Census Bureau representative.

Any information you share with the Census Bureau is strictly confidential. By law the Census Bureau cannot share individual responses with anyone, including any court of law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, state or federal welfare departments, or governments and programs. The Census Bureau only uses individual responses to produce summary statistics, which further protects individuals from being identified inadvertently.


What questions are on the Census?

The 2020 Census will ask: 

  1. how many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020
  2. Whether the home is owned or rented
  3. Each person's sex
  4. Each person's age
  5. Each person's race
  6. Whether each person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
  7. The relationship of each person to the householder

A sample 2020 Census questionnaire is available online here. 

The Census Bureau will never ask certain questions

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your social security number
  • Money or donations
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers

For more information, visit the Census Bureau's website on avoiding fraud and scams.


How can I get involved?

Volunteer to support the City of Alexandria's Complete Count Committee. The Committee is responsible for educating Alexandria residents about the 2020 Census, and motivating all residents to participate. Volunteers may assist the Committee by:

  • Staffing events to promote the Census,
  • Hosting events in their communities,
  • Sharing knowledge about the Census in their communities,
  • Distributing print materials throughout Alexandria, or
  • Helping residents respond to the 2020 Census 

The Census Bureau is currently hiring representatives to support the 2020 Census. For more information on employment opportunities, visit the U.S. Census Bureau webpage.


Complete Count Committee

The City of Alexandria's Complete Count Committee is supporting the 2020 Census by motivating all Alexandria residents to participate in the Census. The Committee welcomes Alexandria residents, businesses, and organizations to participate in Census outreach efforts. 

Since 2000, the City of Alexandria has supported the U.S. Census Bureau’s data collection activities by establishing a Complete Count Committee. Complete Count Committees are local organizations that encourage local residents to participate in the Census.

For 2020, the Alexandria Complete Count Committee will encourage all residents to participate in the 2020 Census. They will focus extra attention on engaging Alexandria communities that have historically been undercounted. These groups include racial and ethnic minority groups, renters, children under the age of 5, communities in Arlandria, and communities in the West End.


City of Alexandria Joins Supreme Court Brief in Support of Fair 2020 Census

­­The City of Alexandria is one of 190 cities, counties, and state and local officials around the country represented in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census. The brief, filed on April 1 in support of plaintiffs in the case Department of Commerce v. New York, argues that the addition of a citizenship question will significantly impair the accuracy of the count, which determines the allocation of more than $900 billion of federal funding.

The City of Alexandria further opposed the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census by issuing Resolution No. 2874. In this resolution, the City calls on its congressional representatives to urge members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to oppose the addition of the citizenship question and conduct oversight hearings on the Secretary of Commerce's decision to include it. The City will continue to oppose the addition of the citizenship question going forward. 


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Questions?

Contact Sierra Latham, Urban Planner and Demographer, 703.746.3832.

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