Top local officials have been pushing for more Census participation, to help Arlington achieve greater congressional representation and receive more federal aid.
“As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population,” the county noted. “The collected data help to determine things like the number of seats Virginia has in the House of Representatives, and how to distribute federal funds to local communities like ours.”
More on Census Day from a county press release:
April 1 is Census Day! It is vital for all Arlingtonians to respond to the 2020 Census as the data are used for planning and providing community services, including planning for emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly half of Arlington’s residents have already been counted in the 2020 Census. We’re aiming for 100% and we need your help!
Join us for a Census 2020 Twitter Town Hall: #ArlingtonCounts: Take a Break, Take the Census
- On April 1 from 12:30-1 p.m., join us on the @ArlingtonVA Twitter page and use the #ArlingtonCounts hashtag.
- Interact with local leaders like County Manager Mark Schwartz and County Board Chair Libby Garvey as they take the census, nominate others to do so, and share information about why it’s important.
- Share your own stories, pictures, or videos showing how you’ve been helping amplify the census and/or why it’s important to take the census. Then nominate three other Arlington Individuals, organizations or businesses to do the same.
- Fill out your census today at my2020census.gov