What is the 2020 Decennial Census?

Our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the Census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. It also determines the allocation of billions in federal funds to local communities for such programs as Highway Planning and Construction, National School Lunches, Head Start, WIC, SNAP, TANF, Foster Care, Title 1 Grants, Federal Student Loans, and so much more.

How important is the Census?

The importance of the 2020 Census can not be overstated. It will require us to count a very diverse and growing population of 2.4 million people in Northern Virginia with 1 million housing units. The data collection starts on April 1, 2020. According to the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, more than $17.7 billion was distributed to the Commonwealth of Virginia from the 55 largest federal assistance programs during 2016 alone, all based on the decennial census count from 2010. In addition, the US Census Bureau has calculated the cost of an undercount as follows: For every Virginian who is not counted, the state/region loses $1,200 per year for 10 years, or $12,000 total, in federal assistance program allocations. The sheer scope of the potential loss in federal financial support is stunning and imposes an urgency upon these efforts.




  • Funding accessible vehicles for transporting seniors or individuals with disabilities
  • Operating funds to enhance paratransit beyond the minimum requirement of the American Disabilities Act
  • Expansion of service hours as well as days and areas; alternatives to public transportation; and voucher programs.


  • Northern Virginia added 25,700 new nonfarm jobs in the twelve-month period ending in June 2019
  • Regional job growth has also dramatically shifted focus towards Northern Virginia, with NoVA accounting for 92.4% of the Washington Metro Region’s estimated job gains in 2019 so far.
  • Fairfax County added nearly 8,900 JOBS to the local economy
  • Prince William County’s Economic Development 2017 Annual report, the 19 projects led to the accumulation of 954 jobs


  • The 2020 Census will determine funding for special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs

Community Development Block Grant for all jurisdictions

  • Elderly persons ages 62 and up earning at or below 30% of AMI;
  • Youth transitioning out of foster care earning at or below 60% of AMI;
  • Homeless (or at-risk of homelessness) earning at or below 60% of AMI;
  • Persons with disabilities (physical, mental, or sensory) earning at or below 60% of AMI;
  • Veterans earning at or below 60% of AMI; and
  • Survivors of domestic violence earning at or below 80% of AMI

*AMI – area median income



Medicaid - $4 Billion0%

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - $1 Billion0%

Medicare Part B - $2 Billion0%

Highway Planning and Construction - $953 Million0%

Federal Housing Choice Voucher Subsidies - $398 Million0%

Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies - $234 Million0%

National School Lunch Program - $225 Million0%

Special Education Grants (IDEA) - $281 Million0%

State Children’s Health - $??? Million0%

Insurance Program (CHIP) - $248 Million0%

Head Start - $181 Million0%

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) - $99 Million0%

Foster Care (Title IV-E) - $53 Million0%

Health Center Programs - $79 Million0%

Low Income Home Energy Assistance - $82 Million0%

Child Care and Development Fund - $64 Million0%

Federal Housing Assistance Payments Program - $203 Million0%


Stand Up For The Count

There is a lot at stake, and not a lot of time.


Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee


Bernard Mustafa
General Manager, PVBS

Richard Pineda
President, CALIBRE


Nicole Acosta, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties
Canek Aguire, Alexandria City
Katy Albarado, Helios HR
Nestor Alvarenga, Telmundo
Cozy Bailey, Sr., Prince William County Branch, NAACP
Lucy Beadnell, The Arc of Northern Virginia
Sindy Benavides, LULAC
Aquilla Biddle, Arlington County Core
Ronald Brown, US Census Bureau
John Cano, Centreville Immigration Forum
Ji-Young Cho, Korean Community Service Center
Victoria Clark, Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network
Marybeth Connelly, City of Falls Church
Suzanne Davis, BDO
Betty Dean, Betty Dean and Associates
Kevin DeSanto, KippsDeSanto & Co.
Ellen Dyke, NOVA Educational Foundation
Sen. Adam Ebbin, Senate Virginia
Andrea Eck, Northern Virginia Family Services
Eileen Ellsworth, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Jerry Ferguson, Fairfax Public Access
Jorge Figueredo, Edu-Futuro
Elizabeth Guzman, Virginia House of Delegates
Cheryl Janey, Morewood Partners
Joan Kasprowicz, Giving Circle of Hope
Diana Katz, Second Wave Learning
Mark Keam, Virginia House of Delegates
Levina Kim, United Way of the National Capital Area
Stanley Koussis, Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce/Andrews Federal Credit Union
Paul Liberty, GMU
Alfonso Lopez, Virginia House of Delegates
Alvenia McQueen, US Census Bureau
Mark Miller, Loudoun County Public Library
Natalia Montelongo, Edu-Futuro
Susan Nolan, CFNV
Sookyung Oh, NAKASEC
Linda Patterson, Lorton Community Action Center
Van-Thanh Pham, NAKASEC VA
Wanda Pierce, Arlington Complete Count Committee Co-Chair
Ken Plum, Virginia House of Delegates
David Reid, Virginia House of Delegates
Tom Sanchez, Virginia Tech
Robert Sargeant, AARP Virginia
Catherine F. Schott Murray, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.
Matt Scoble, Citizen
Cindy Shao, Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Julie Simmons, HCSC/CFNV
Sanjay Srikantiah, Morgan Stanley
Don Strehle, Sterling Capital
Tiny Tang, Epoch Times
Rosemary Theuren, CIF and Circle of Hope
Chris Torres, VOICE
Kathy Tran, 42nd District Delegate
Annie Turner, Food For Others
Mitch Weintraub, Managing Parter of Cordia Partners
Lisa Whetzel, Britepaths
Kerrie Wilson, Cornerstones