Along with urging people to stay at home as much as possible, Fairfax County officials also want residents to take the opportunity to respond to the 2020 census.
As of Saturday (March 28), the national response rate is 33%, while Virginia is at a 37% response rate, according to the U.S. Census.
Meanwhile, Fairfax County is one of the top 10 highest reporting counties in the state with a 42.6% response rate.
Previously, Fairfax County boasted a high response rate of 80% in the 2000 count — up from 76% in 1990, according to census data.
County officials want to see as many people as possible complete the questionnaire. “For each resident who does not respond to the census, Fairfax County could lose $12,000 in potential funding over the course of a decade,” according to the county’s website.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline for submitting the census has been extended to Aug. 14 for households.
Households should have received mailers with information on how to complete the census, which can be done online, by phone or by mail.
Social distancing and at home today? Take a moment to complete your #2020Census online, by phone or by paper.
— Fairfax County Government (@fairfaxcounty) March 28, 2020
Map via U.S. Census