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Posted on: April 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Today is Census Day! Take a Break & Be Counted

PURCELLVILLE, Va. April 1, 2020 — Today is Census Day and the Town of Purcellville is encouraging residents to take a ten minute break to complete the 2020 census questionnaire, if they have not yet done so.   Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count every resident in the United States.  Since 1930, Census Day has been observed on April 1. 

It is vital for all residents to participate in the 2020 Census. This data is used by the federal government for resource planning and allocation.  This includes funding for school meals, Medicaid and healthcare services, affordable housing, special education, resources for emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.   To minimize the need for the U.S. Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up, residents are encouraged to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail.

Tomorrow, Thursday April 2, at 3PM, Board of Supervisors Chair Randall will be hosting a virtual town hall on the Loudoun County Government page to answer questions for residents about the Census process.  

At this point, residents should have received instructions by mail with a unique code to respond online.  Households will receive a paper form of the census questionnaire, in the mail this month, if a response has not been recorded.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the census response deadline has been extended to August 14, 2020.  Census responses are confidential and by law cannot be shared with any government agency outside of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The census is available in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese. 

More information, including a timeline of the census process, links to sample census forms, informational videos, language guides and more, may be found at

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