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Census Director Attends Grand Opening of Crystal City Area Office

Arlington is proud to welcome the Crystal City Area Census Office to our community! Census Director Dr. Steven Dillingham joined Arlington Census partners and others at the grand opening of the office on Jan. 29.

Dillingham had just returned from Toksook Bay, Alaska, where the 2020 Census kicked off last week, with the message that the Census will be launching in about six weeks. That’s when Arlingtonians will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census in their mailboxes.

The invitation will include information on how to complete the census online or by phone. This is the first time the Census Bureau is offering the online option and it is committed to confidentiality and to protecting the census data, Regional Director Fernando Armstrong said.  

County Board Member Katie Cristol, School Board Member Dr. Barbara Kanninen, and Wanda Pierce, Co-Chair of the Arlington County Complete Count Committee were in attendance, along with representatives from the offices of Senator Tim Kaine and Representative Don Beyer and other Census partners. Cristol and Kanninen spoke about the importance of reaching hard-to-count populations, noting that Arlington’s schools are in a unique position to reach historically undercounted persons such as children under 5, non-English speakers, renters, and those experiencing homelessness.

“Participation in the Census is an opportunity for individuals to see themselves as a member of our community,” said Saul Reyes, Community Organizer and Chair, Tenant/Landlord Commission. “If you can’t vote, this is a way to make yourself count.”

Arlington is grateful to all our partners and those who are helping to get every Arlingtonian counted. Here are a few ways to get involved:

From Alaska to Arlington…. Everyone Counts!

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APRIL 1, 2020 IS CENSUS DAY! The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation, including right here in Arlington County. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The collected data helps to determine things like the number of seats Virginia has in the House of Representatives, and how to distribute federal funds to local communities like ours. 

Census 2020: Safe. Important. Confidential. Learn more about how Arlington Counts. Shape your Future. Start here.