Census: Key 2020 Dates

Published on January 23, 2020


In mid-March, homes in Arlington and across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. The invitation will contain detailed instructions on how to respond for your home online, by phone, or by mail. 

Counting every person living in Arlington is a huge job, and counting everyone in the U.S. is a massive undertaking! Here are some key dates in 2020: 

  • March 12 - 20: Arlingtonians and others will receive official Census Bureau mail that incudes detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online and by phone. 

  • March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. This includes people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered outdoor locations such as tents. 

  • April 1: Census Day! Tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone living in your home.  

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how much federal money Arlington, our neighboring communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia and other states will receive every year for the next decade. These fundshape the future of roads and transportation, local schools, health care, housing assistance for older adults, fire prevention, wildlife in our parks, and much more.  


APRIL 1, 2020 IS CENSUS DAY! The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation, including right here in Arlington County. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The collected data helps 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.

Census 2020: Safe. Important. Confidential. Learn more about how Arlington Counts. Shape your Future. Start here.