April 1, 2020 | Make Prince William County Count!
March 12-20, 2020The first mailed invitation to respond to the 2020 census will be sent to all households
April 1, 2020Census Day
April 8-27, 2020Reminder postcards, letters, phone calls, and questionnaires sent to those who have not yet responded.
May 2020Census staff members will visit all households that have not yet responded to the census
January - March 2021Redistricting data files sent to states.
How the Census Impacts our Community.
Your response effects schools, transportation, libraries, and your family for the next 10 years.
It's About FundingCounting every person in Prince William County will provide more funding for schools, transportation, parks, police, fire, housing, and health services.
It’s About RepresentationThe Census count will determine the size of your congressional delegation.
It's About Trust & ConfidentialityYour personal information will not be shared with any other government agency or person, and the information you provide cannot be used against you.
About the Census
The census is a constitutionally-mandated decennial (every 10 years) count of every person living in the United States, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. The decennial census is implemented by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency that operates under the Department of Commerce. The census has taken place at the start of each new decade since 1790. Discover more at https://www.2020census.gov
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is illegal for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
Every person who resides in the country will be counted in the 2020 Census. This includes infants, people not living in a household, college students in campus housing, residents of assisted living facilities, military personnel on bases, and correctional facilities.
The Census is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs that include recruiting assistants, office staff, supervisory staff, and census takers. The appropriations law allows the hiring of non-citizen translators on an as-needed basis during the peak of 2020 field operations.
The census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. See the sample questionnaire
For the first time, anyone can respond to the 2020 Census online. The majority of households will receive an invitation to take the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. The census questionnaire will be available by phone in 59 languages.