The next census will be conducted on April 1, 2020 per the constitution, which mandates that every 10 years, a full head count will be conducted nationwide. There are two primary purposes for the census: re-apportionment of the house seats in the Congress and allocation of more than 600 billion federal dollars each year to the states and communities.
The Demographics Research Group has created this dedicated page to highlight the importance of the census, to inform the general public of the census process, and to share the work we do to help the Commonwealth ensure a complete count and fair representation of all Virginians. We will post reports, blog posts, and other credible information related to the 2020 census on this page, and we also welcome your submission of questions, which will help us to address your concerns and uncertainty.
Our 2020 Census Series
- Why the census is important | brief for the Secretary of the Commonwealth
- Power and money: Why the census Is important
- Census data: Indispensable intelligence for the nation
- Misconceptions about the census
U.S. Census Bureau
Local Update of Census Address Report (LUCA)
The LUCA program gives tribal, state and local governments an opportunity to review addresses used to conduct the decennial census. LUCA is a critical step to ensure a complete count. If an address isn't listed in the Census file, the residents of that address likely will not be counted.
The Weldon Cooper Center reviewed as many as 1.5 million residential addresses in the state and identified 3,555 missing or incorrect addresses, potentially adding more than 70,000 Virginians to the decennial census.
- Every Virginian Counts: Improving Virginia's representation in the 2020 Census | LUCA Report
- Every Virginian Counts | LUCA Press Release