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2020 U.S. Census

Important Update: The 2020 Census deadline has been changed to September 30, 2020.

Participating in the Census is Critical to the Future of West Virginia.
Every ten years, the country’s population must be counted according to the U.S. Constitution. The data collected determines things like the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and how federal money is allocated to states and localities for key programs, many of which are administered by nonprofits.

Continued losses in West Virginia’s population heading into the 2020 census threaten one of our state’s seats in Congress and could cut into the nearly $7 billion in federal funding we receive each year. Exacerbating the problem is the potential for an undercount as more than 24% of West Virginians are living in hard-to-count communities. Meanwhile, the census is moving primarily online for the first time when an estimated quarter of the state’s population has little-to-no internet access.

At stake are several hundred federal financial assistance programs that rely on census data to determine the amount of funds given to states, counties and cities. These programs include the Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid), Medicare Part B, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 Project-Based Housing and Head Start/Early Head Start, among others. An undercount on the census will affect the amount of money the state and counties receive for these programs starting in 2021.

This page is designed to provide West Virginia’s nonprofits with information, tools and resources to help you reach your clientele, neighborhoods, and community on the importance of being counted in 2020!

What Nonprofits Can Do (Timeline/Messaging)

Census Resources & Articles

Census Job Opportunities in WV

History of the Citizenship Question