RUSTBURG, VA - Every ten years, the United States Constitution mandates a count of all the people living in the United States and its territories—the 2020 Census will address every household in the nation with a simple questionnaire. Data obtained by the survey will be compiled and a formal report will be submitted to the President of the United States by December 31, 2020.
Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, and to distribute federal funds to local, state, and tribal governments each year. Data will also be used to make decisions about which community services to provide.
One way to help ensure that everyone is counted is to form Complete Count Committees in communities, municipalities, cities, counties, states, and tribal governments across the country.
In Campbell County, a complete count committee was formed in January, which is comprised of volunteers consisting of community leaders, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, and others who work together to ensure entire communities are counted.
The committee’s goal is to ensure everyone is counted – and to especially reach our “hard-to-count” populations, where we may educate communities and promote the census. Likewise, the group will collaborate with community partners to ensure an accurate census count.
“Virginians are diverse and represent a true cross-section of America,” said Director of Community Development, Paul Harvey. “By forming the Complete Count Committee, Campbell County is working hard to make sure all those voices are heard and that all members of our locality are counted.”
New for the 2020 Census, is the ability to complete the survey online. For the first time in history, citizens will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.
To learn more about local Complete Count Committees or the United States Census, click here.
To submit your census data online, please click here.