Q: How does the Census impact my life?

A: It’s about fair representation. Every 10 years the results of the census are used to examine population shifts in order to reapportion congressional and state legislative seats in each state and to allocate federal resources back into our Arlington community. For each Arlington resident that isn’t counted, more than $1,500 per year goes elsewhere.

Q: Why do we have a Census? 
A: It’s in the U.S. Constitution. The census, which started in 1790, covers the entire country and everyone living here. An accurate count means Arlington will get our fair share of funding and representation for the next decade.

Q: I don’t feel comfortable sharing my information, why is it necessary?
A: Census data is confidential. Federal law protects your census responses. 
Answers can only be used to produce statistics on a community level – individual household statistics are not available for 72 years.

Q: I have trouble completing census forms, how can my voice be heard?
A:  2020 will be easier than ever, you will be able to respond to the census one of three ways – online, by telephone, or the traditional paper long form paper in 13 languages. Support is available to help citizens in a total of 59 languages other than English as they prepare to take the census. 

Q: Why does my family need to be counted?
A: Because everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. Census data is used to ensure quality -of-life, plan for new schools, public safety and neighborhood improvements. Don’t forget to count your roommates and all children under 5 years old!

Q: Why should I take time to fill out the census?
A: It means $675 billion. Census data determines how more than $675 billion are spent, supporting your state, county and community’s vital programs. In Arlington, for every person not counted in the Census, $1,500 each year could go to other communities.