By now, homes across the city have received forms and information regarding the 2020 Census.
An accurate count of residents helps Alexandria receive federal aid, redistrict jurisdictions, gather statistics for grant applications and apportion congressional seats.
The City Council budgeted $80,000 to get the word out to residents, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates $20,000 in federal funding in the city is lost with every person left uncounted over the course of 10 years.
According to the city:
The online Census form will be available in 12 languages other than English, and language guides are available for 60 languages.
The 2020 Census asks:
- How many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020
- Whether the home is owned or rented
- Each person’s sex
- Each person’s age
- Each person’s race
- Whether each person is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
- The relationship of each person to the householder
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