Complete the 2020 Census
Every ten years, the U.S. Census aims to count each and every person living in the nation, including right here in Henrico County. The collected data helps to determine things like the number of seats Virginia has in the House of Representatives, and how to distribute $675 billion in federal funds to communities like ours. The Library is providing information about the census and assistance filling out the online form starting this month.
Every person counted equates to approximately $2,000/per year in federal funds. Every 500 people represents $1 million/year in funding for Henrico’s schools, hospitals, roads, and other vital programs.
Library staff are equipped with accurate information about the census and are happy to answer as many questions as we can.
How, When, and Where
2020 is the first time people are being asked to complete the census online. The process will take about 10 minutes and can be done anywhere with an internet connection, including the public library. Here are some important dates for the census process:
March-April 2020: All households will receive instructions for online census by mail
March 12, 2020: Internet self-response period begins, ends July 31, 2020
April 1, 2020: Census Day
May 13, 2020: Nonresponse follow-up begins - through mail and in person, people will be directed to complete the Internet Self-response
July 31, 2020: Internet Self-Response Ends
Henrico County Public Library will have representatives from the US Census Bureau presenting public information sessions on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 pm at Libbie Mill Area Library
Saturday, February 29, 12:00 pm at Fairfield Area Library
Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm at Tuckahoe Area Library
Saturday, March 7, 12:00 pm at Varina Area Library
Census & Privacy
The census is private and safe for you to fill out, no matter your immigration status. It is prohibited by law for the census to share data with ICE or the IRS. The data is used to help the government know how many people live in our communities and use our roads, bridges, schools, and other things, so we can plan for the future.
El censo es privado y seguro para que lo complete, sin importar su estado migratorio. La ley prohíbe que el censo comparta datos con ICE o el IRS. Los datos se utilizan para ayudar al gobierno a saber cuántas personas viven en nuestras comunidades y usan nuestras carreteras, puentes, escuelas y otras cosas, para que podamos planificar el futuro.