Census 2020

For Northampton County Millions of County Dollars are at Stake with an accurate census count.
"...if the count misses 1 percent of the population, or 120 people, it would mean a loss of $7 million in federal funding over a 10-year period."

Read the article in the Eastern Shore Post  by Stephanie Jackson dated March 14, 2019

Please consider your civic duty and be counted! 

Colorful People

Accomack and Northampton Counties form a regional Complete Count Committee

The Eastern Shore of Virginia could lose an estimated $20,000 in federal funding for each person who goes uncounted in the 2020 Census. This includes funding for many of the services citizens rely on like schools, public safety, libraries, and fire departments. To help ensure the Eastern Shore of Virginia has an accurate and complete count, Accomack and Northampton Counties formed a regional Complete Count Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to educate the community as to why it is important to complete the Census survey. The goal is to have every individual on the Shore counted.

The Committee, formed by Accomack County Administrator Michael Mason and Northampton County Administrator Charles Kolakowski, is comprised of community leaders on the Eastern Shore as recommended in the Census Complete Count manual. This includes community leaders from community organizations, business, education, faith-based organizations, the immigrant community, social services, and senior citizens. The Committee meets twice a month to identify outreach events and community communication outlets with which to distribute information about taking the Census.

Are You Ready for the 2020 Census? Get Prepared!By understanding why the Census is so important to community services, it is hoped individuals will want to answer the short, ten-question survey. The U.S. Constitution requires a Census of America’s population every ten years. It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and how to redraw district boundaries for elections. Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop. Each year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.

For the first time, you will be able to respond online or by phone, as well as by mail. By taking ten minutes to complete the survey online, you will not need to respond to a follow-up visit by a Census employee to your home. Starting March 12, 2020, the Census Bureau will mail postcards to residences with a code to start the survey. You can use this code or your home address to start completing the survey. Computers at all Eastern Shore Public Libraries are available for residents to complete the Census. Staff will be available to assist as needed.

All Census information is kept confidential, by law. An individual’s information is not shared with any other government agency. The Census does not ask for your social security number, banking information or political affiliation. The Census captures every person living in the United States, including babies, but only one survey needs to be filled out per household. The Census only happens every ten years, let’s be sure your friends and family are counted!
For more information, visit 2020Cenus.gov or call the main library in Accomac at 787-3400.

Respond to the 2020 Census
Posted on 05/26/2020

Press Release 
February 25, 2020

Census 2020 Shape your Future Start Here

February 13, 2020 – Between March 12 and March 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country.

“The Census Bureau is ready for the nation to respond next month,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. “Millions of Americans are applying for 2020 Census jobs, more than 270,000 local and national organizations are engaged, and in less than 30 days the majority of U.S. households will receive an invitation to respond to help ensure that every person in the U.S. is counted.”

“The 2020 Census is on mission, on schedule, and on budget to promote an accurate count,” Dillingham continued. “Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing where hundreds of billions in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more. The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not. This includes young children. Your response will impact communities for the next decade.”

“The Census Bureau has successfully tested its data collection systems, has built backup systems to support resilient operations, and is ready to receive responses from all around the country,” added Dillingham.

This invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas of the country that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire.

Once households receive invitations, please respond to the 2020 Census by using the provided Census ID. If a household is unable to enter the Census ID people can still respond, by providing an address. Whether people respond online, by phone or by mail, it is important to respond right away.

Below is a timeline of how and when the Census Bureau will invite households to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire:

March 12-20: Initial invitations to respond online and by phone will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with the invitation to respond online or over the phone.

March 16-24: Reminder letters will be delivered.

March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not responded.

April 8-16: Reminder letters and paper questionnaires will be delivered to remaining households that have not responded.

April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to households that have not yet responded before census takers follow up in person.

If a household does not respond to any of the invitations, a census taker will follow up in person sometime between May 13 and July 31. A sample of the 2020 Census paper questionnaire and preview of the online questionnaire is available, along with more information about when most people will receive their invitations in the mail.

The 2020 Census questionnaire is available online and by phone in English and 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. These 13 languages cover the language needs of over 99% of all U.S. households. To help ensure a complete count of everyone, the Census Bureau will also provide video language guides, print language guides and language glossaries in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, Braille, and Large Print.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years.

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.