Census FAQs

Dates to Remember 

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

March 30–April 1:

The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations.

April 1:

Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond, tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

April:

Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count. 

May–July:

Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

December: 

The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

March 31, 2021:

By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

FAQs

How does the Census help our community?

The 2020 Census helps ensure that our community receives its fair share of government funding. Census data directly affect how much money is allocated for infrastructure: such as neighborhood improvements, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery, public health, education, transportation, senior services and much more.

How do I respond to the Census?

2020 materials will be mailed to your residence beginning in March 2020. You’ll have the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail.

What questions are asked on the Census?

You will be asked four general questions about the household: 

  • If the housing unit is owned or rented,
  • Telephone number,
  • How many people live in the residence, and
  • If any additional people who lived at the residence on April 1, 2020, were not included.

Each household member will be asked:

  • Name, 
  • Sex,
  • Age/date of birth,
  • Relationship to the person who owns or rents this residence, 
  • Hispanic origin,
  • Race, and
  • Does this person sometimes live or stay somewhere else.

Will the Census be available in various languages?

Yes. You can respond online in English and in 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese (simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese. The online questionnaire conforms with the latest web accessibility guidelines. There will also be a video in American Sign Language to guide you through responding online. You can respond by phone in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese. The paper form can be completed in English or Spanish.

What if I’m a Virginia Tech, Radford or NRCC student? 

A 2020 Census form will be delivered or mailed to your house or apartment in March 2020. All students living at the address on April 1 are considered one household, so only one form should be completed that includes information about all the people living at that address. Fill out the Census in Christiansburg, not in your hometown, or where your parents live. 

What if I need help or want to fill out the Census online but don’t have a computer? 

Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) are available at the following locations.
In order to complete the Census, you must have a specific PIN that will be mailed to you. Please make sure you have this PIN before arriving at the QAC

Location

Questionnaire Assistance Center Hours

Blacksburg Library 
200 Miller Street
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060 
Mon.–Thurs.: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun.: 1–5 p.m. 
Blacksburg Community Center 
725 Patrick Henry Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060 
Every Day: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
Staff Assistance: Mon.-Fri.: noon–4pm. 
Christiansburg Recreation Center 
1600 N. Franklin Street
Christiansburg, Virginia 24073 
Mon. & Wed.: 8:30 a.m.–noon 
Christiansburg Public Library 
125 Sheltman Road
Christiansburg, Vriginia 24073
Mon.–Thurs.: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun.: 1–5 p.m. 
Meadowbrook Library 
267 Alleghany Spring Road
Shawsville, Virginia 24162
Mon.–Thurs.: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun.: 1–5 p.m.

 

For General Questions, visit the Census Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or call 800-923-8282. For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: Call the TTY number at 800-877-8339 to reach the Federal Relay Service.