Why is the census important for Loudoun County?
Every census response matters because it secures more funding for key services from school meals and Medicaid, to roads and affordable housing. For every resident from 1 day to 100 years old that is not counted, Loudoun County loses out on $2,000 in federal funding per year for the next decade. Businesses also use census data when studying workforce needs or deciding where to locate or expand their businesses.
How is Loudoun County doing on census response?
Over 75% of households have responded; this is great progress considering our current challenges. Our goal is to achieve over 80% response, and to do so we must reach residents that historically do not respond to the census due to language or technology barriers, confidentiality concerns, or lack of knowledge about how their response makes a difference.
Where do you need help with response, and how can I help?
Some of the areas that are below the county-wide response rate include Middleburg/Aldie, the Dulles Town Center Area, George Washington University Center area of Ashburn, some parts of Sterling Park, and downtown Leesburg.
It’s easy to remind your family and friends to respond! Residents can respond online, by phone, or by paper form that arrived by mail in April. The census is available in 13 languages online at 2020census.gov.
I applied for a census job – what is the latest on census operations?
While census operations have resumed in some states, they have not done so in Virginia. Census Bureau staff will be in touch once operations do resume. Applicants are encouraged to monitor the 2020 Census news page for more information.