Community Leadership

Count the Region

Getting out the Count for the 2020 Decennial Census

Count the Region
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Data collection of the 2020 United States Census has begun. The Community Foundation has established the Count the Region initiative to help get out the count for the 2020 Census in Northern Virginia, making sure everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place.


You Count for $12,000! Help participate in our campaign to educate your friends, family, colleagues and the community on the importance of completing the 2020 Census.

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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 2020 requires 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 urgency upon these efforts.

Northern Virginia Regional Complete Count Committee

Guided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee will mobilize action and engage members of our community in the 2020 Census. We have invited key civic, government, social and private sector leaders from around the region to join.


Bernard MustafaBernard Mustafa
General Manager, PVBS
Pineda RichardRichard Pineda
President, CALIBRE

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia invites community members to join us to advocate for and communicate about the importance of completing the census on April 1, 2020.

By joining as a partner, you will receive materials and resources to share with your organization and networks in the community, whether that is by placing flyers in your local grocery stores, libraries, religious establishment, or favorite local businesses or by galvanizing your friends and followers through social media. Every effort to support a complete count in Northern Virginia will be encouraged.


To get involved in this initiative and help ensure everyone is counted in Northern Virginia, please contact us!