As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and takes place every 10 years. Not only do we have to count people, we have to know where they live so we can provide accurate population numbers for counties, states, municipios, etc. These numbers are used to draw school and voting districts.
- Census data, collected every 10 years, determines your representation in Congress and determines how funds are spent in your community on things like roads, schools, and hospitals.
- The 2020 Census will use a new design that incorporates online and phone response options in addition to the traditional paper option. The online response option allows people to respond on their desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, or tablets.
Here’s how the census helps you and your community:
- Communities use the information to plan bus routes, draw school district boundaries, and offer community services.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to put a store, office, or plant. These new locations create jobs and support the community’s economy.
- Businesses use the information to determine what to sell in their stores so communities get what they need.
- The information helps your community receive funding from the federal government.
The once-a-decade population count affects your representation in government, determines how much funding your community receives, and provides data to help you plan for the future. Join us to spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census and help ensure a complete and accurate count.
Benefits Of A Complete Count: A complete count of every person living in the United States has tremendous benefits for you and for your stakeholders.
What It Means To Be A 2020 Census Partner: You can make a difference—no matter how much time you’re able to commit. As trusted voices in the communities you serve, partners are critical to the success of the 2020 Census. Let’s work together to reach a complete count for our city.
Fredericksburg Census Headquarters: The Fredericksburg Census headquarters will be located in the 1340 block of Central Park Boulevard. It will open in the late summer of 2019. Its hours of operation will be 9:00am-5:00pm except during peak time when hours will expand.
Volunteer for the Complete Count Committee!: In April, the City Council resolved to support the 2020 Census effort by launching a Complete Count Committee (CCC). A CCC is a group of citizens and stakeholders organized with the purpose of ensuring all people are counted in the Census. The task of the City’s CCC is to educate and motivate Fredericksburg residents to participate in the census by distributing educational information about the census and planning activities for outreach. The Complete Count Committee will meet monthly at the Dorothy Hart Community Center from 7-8pm on the following dates:
Any and all residents and stakeholders who represent an important voice in our community and can help spread the word about participating in the 2020 Census are invited and encouraged to attend.
To volunteer, please contact Susanna Finn, Community Development Planner at 540-372-1179 or by email.
Recruitment – Now Hiring:
The U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring in Our Area!
Are you looking for ways to help your community? The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring temporary positions for the 2020 Census in our area.
All 2020 Census jobs are temporary. The largest number of positions available are for census takers. Pay rates vary by area.
By working for the Census Bureau, you can help them reach their goal for the 2020 Census to ensure everyone is counted. Census counts have a huge impact on our community. The 2020 Census data will be used to determine how more than $675 billion from more than 100 government programs are distributed to states and localities, including communities like ours. The data influence choices made about which roads are fixed, where schools are built and businesses opened, what medical services are offered, and more.
If you’re interested, please visit the Census Bureau job site to apply. You’ll also be able to see description and frequently asked questions at 2020census.gov/jobs.