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Take the 2020 Census here!

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How the Census Impacts our Community.

Your response effects schools, transportation, libraries, and your family for the next 10 years.

It's About Funding

Counting every person in Prince William County will provide more funding for schools, transportation, parks, police, fire, housing, and health services.

It’s About Representation

The Census count will determine the size of your congressional delegation.

It's About Trust & Confidentiality

Your 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

What is 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

How has COVID-19 impacted the 2020 Census?

COVID-19 has delayed many 2020 Census operations. The nation has until September 30 (new earlier deadline) to respond to the 2020 Census and Census Bureau staff have begun visiting nonresponding households and will also contact households in low response areas by phone and email. For all operational adjustments, click here

Is my information confidential?

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. Find out more here

Who gets counted?

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. Get more information about who to count here

Can I work for the Census?

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.

What will the Census ask me?

The census collects basic information about the people living in your household. See the sample questionnaire

Can I take the Census online?

For the first time, anyone can respond to the 2020 Census online. The majority of households have already received multiple invitations to take the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. Your household may respond online using your unique identifier on the 2020 Census invitation or your home address. The 2020 Census is available online at

Will English be the only language?

The census questionnaire is available online and by phone in 13 languages with guides in 60 languages. For language support, click here

Timeline of Events

March 12-20, 2020

The first mailed invitation to respond to the 2020 census will be sent to all households.

April 1, 2020

Census Day

April 2020

Reminder postcards, letters, phone calls, and questionnaires sent to non-responders.

August - September 2020

Census staff members will visit all households that have not yet responded to the census.

March 2021

Redistricting data files sent to states.