There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape your community. The results collected once a decade, help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. Here in Northern Virginia there are neighborhoods facing significant challenges that demand we ensure an accurate census to channel needed resources to residents.  Underserved communities are the greatest benefactors of the federal funding and economic development associated with census counts. Even though underserved communities are the largest recipient of the resources, they are most likely to be undercounted in the decennial census.  Local governments use census data to do budget forecasting, determine tax and expenditure limitations, and federal financial assistance.

Census derived data affects business decisions within Northern Virginia counties. Businesses use the information to make decisions on where to open new stores, where to expand operations, determine site location, size of establishment, and which products and services to offer.  The data created is also critical to the non-institutional, residential housing sector. Fair Market Rents are determined by census data, as well as the American Housing Survey, National Housing Survey, and Housing Vacancies. The private sector uses the decennial census to develop an affordability index, allowing them to figure out residential unit affordability.