Fairfax County has one of the highest response rates to the U.S. Census in Virginia.
As of today (Aug. 3), the national response rate is 62.8%, while Virginia is 67.5%, according to the U.S. Census.
Fairfax County currently has a 76.6% response rate, surpassing its 2010 response rate of 75.3%. By the time the count ends this year, the county might jump above its 80% total in 2000.
At the end of March, Virginia’s response rate was 37% response rate.
While the pandemic at first extended the submission deadline, the Census Bureau plans to cut short its door-knocking efforts, moving the deadline from Halloween until Sept. 30, The Hill reported last week.
Last week, the City of Falls Church took to Twitter to encourage residents to fill out the census, saying that one in four people haven’t been counted yet. As of today, the Little City’s response rate is 79.6%.
We're so so close to that 80% #Census2020 response rate, but that means around 1 in 4 City of Falls Church residents still haven't been counted…yet. Don't be that 1 in 4. Complete the Census online today at https://t.co/hPf185pQMS. pic.twitter.com/neuFHtJ3hL
— City of Falls Church (@FallsChurchGov) July 28, 2020
Falls Church said that Census workers have been going door to door in the city since July 23 and might stay until the fall.
It’s unclear yet how much the door knocking will boost the response rate. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that four-in-ten residents who have not yet responded do not want to answer their door.
People who haven’t responded to the Census can complete it by filling it out online, returning the form mailed in March or calling 844-330-2020.
Map via U.S. Census
Police Make Arrest in Assault Along W&OD Trail — Falls Church police arrested a 23-year-old man from Stafford for allegedly pursuing a woman along the W&OD Trail on Saturday, May 9. [City of Falls Church]
Metro May Limit Operations Until 2021 — “As states start to reopen their economies, Metro has crafted its plan to slowly ramp service back up — but don’t expect pre-pandemic levels of service until sometime in early 2021.” [DCist]
FCEDA Head Tapped for COVID-19 Group — “Victor Hoskins, President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), is one of 45 experts tapped to serve on the Washington, D.C.-area’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force. Hoskins is the only member on the task force representing one of the region’s economic development organizations.” [Fairfax County Economic Development Authority]
Stuff the Bus is Back — “On Saturday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fastran buses will be parked at locations throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax to collect food donations. However, unlike past years, the buses will not be parked in grocery store parking lots.” [Fairfax County]
U.S. Census Response in Fairfax County — “As of Friday (May 9), Fairfax County’s self-response rate is 72.7% — well above Virginia’s overall rate of 63.5%, according to census data.” [Reston Now]
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