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Participate in the Census

Learn about why it is important for District residents to participate in the 2010 Census: 



Why do you receive a second form?

  • One of the most consistent findings in survey research is that mailing a second questionnaire to non-responding cases leads to higher response rates.
  • The second questionnaire is part of our research-based multiple contact strategy to increase response rates. Our research shows that a replacement questionnaire could increase response rates by 7 to 10 percentage points.
  • The savings from those increases in response rates more than pay for these mailings.



Second forms went to areas of the country that mailed back Census 2000 forms at lower rates.

  • The Census Bureau had to limit which housing units could receive a form based on their lack of response, which would receive a blanketed mailing of replacement questionnaires and which would receive the other elements of our multiple contact strategy only.
  • In areas with the lowest Census 2000 response rates, we will mail a replacement form to every address, whether they returned a form or not.
  • Delivered to housing units: April 1-3
  • For other areas with Census 2000 response rates lower than the national rate but higher than the lowest rates, we will mail a replacement form only to those households from whom we have not yet received a completed form.
  • Provided to Post Office for delivery: April 6-10
  • Areas with higher Census 2000 response rates will not receive a replacement form, regardless of whether housing units have returned a census form.
  • The replacement form will only be in English. Households that received a bilingual English/Spanish questionnaire initially will now receive an English-only form, if they receive a second questionnaire.



What should residents do?

  • Households that have already returned their form should ignore the second mailing.
  • Households should only complete and return one form. They may use either the first or the second form that they have received.
  • If for some reason two forms are returned for a housing unit, the Census Bureau has a process for unduplicating them.
  • If your household has not received the form or has questions, please call 1-866-935-2010



Why is it important for all District residents to participate in the 2010 Census?

  • Every year, more than $300 billion in federal funds are awarded to states and communities based on Census data. That is more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period. A complete and accurate count of all residents ensures the District will receive the funding and services they are entitled.
  • Census information helps determine the locations for schools, roads, hospitals, child-care and senior centers and more.
  • Businesses use Census data to locate supermarkets, shopping centers, new housing and other facilities.



What are hard-to-count populations?

Hard-to-count populations are specific groups in the community that have historically been uncounted and missed in the decennial Census. Hard-to-count populations consist of the following groups: foreign-born immigrants; individuals and families who are not proficient in English and/or English is their second language; high-crime areas; secured and gated communities; the homeless; those residing in group quarters; young children; minority groups; and persons living in large households.

It is important for all segments of the population to be included in the 2010 Census count. Billions in federal funds are awarded to states and communities based on census data. However, if all residents are not counted, states and communities will not receive the funds they are entitled. Failure to count all residents in the District of Columbia results in the loss of millions of dollars. Additionally, an accurate and complete count of the entire population, including the hard-to-count helps to determine locations for schools, roads, hospitals, child-care facilities, senior citizens centers and other important services in the community.


Where can I go for more information?

For more information on the 2010 Census, please go to the Census website at


What's news?

Approximately 140,000 census workers, hired from within each local community, will cover most neighborhoods to identify each residential address. This will help ensure everyone residing in the United States receives a 2010 Census questionnaire. This is the first visible sign that the decennial census is approaching and the first use of handheld technology by the Census Bureau. The result of this effort will be the most comprehensive US address list in existence. Addressing canvassing last from April 2009 to July 2009.


View the news articles

Find out what the media is reporting.


Learn about the DC Counts Campaign Committee.

The DC Counts Campaign Complete Count Committee (DCCCC) was created to encourage a higher response rate here in the District. The DCCCC is a volunteer committee working to raise awareness about the 2010 Census and motivate residents to participate. DCCCC is partnering with community organizations, local businesses, faith-based communities, government agencies, schools and civic organizations to educate residents on the importance of completing the census questionnaire. DCCCC will also develop and implement plans to engage populations who have historically been undercounted in the US Census.

DC Counts Campaign Complete Count Committee

Government Steering and Subcommittee Members:
Harriet Tregoning, Office of Planning
Sarah Latterner, Office of Community Affairs
Diane Groomes, Metropolitan Police Department
Nebiat Solomon, Office on African Affairs, African Outreach Subcommittee
Julie Koo, Office on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs, Asian Outreach Subcommittee
Mercedes Lemp, Office on Latino Affairs, Latino Outreach Subcommittee
Steve Baron, Department of Mental Health, Group Home Subcommittee
Clarence Brown, Office on Aging, Senior Citizens Outreach Subcommittee
Herman Odom, Office on Ex-Offenders Affairs, Ex-offender Outreach Subcommittee

Tracy Sandler, Serve DC, Volunteer Outreach Subcommittee
Pat Henry, Office of Partnership and Grants Services, Non-Profit Subcommittee

Non-Government Steering and Subcommittee Members:
Terry Lynch, Downtown Cluster of Congregations, Faith-based Outreach Subcommittee
Bernard Demczuk, George Washington University, University Outreach Subcommittee
John Hill, Federal City Council, Business Community Outreach Subcommittee
Manny Hidalgo, Latino Economic Development Corporation
Angela Franco, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Victor Vandell, Capital View Civic Association (Ward 7)
Philip Hammond, Hillcrest Civic Association & ANC 7B
Dionne Reeder, Far SE Family Strengthening Collaborative (Ward 8)
Phinis Jones, Capital Management, Inc. (Ward 8)

Maurice Henderson
took over District of Columbia as its campaign director in October 2009 to engage, educate and mobilize the District's residents to participate in the 2010 US Census. Prior to this role, Maurice served as the Chief Operating Officer for the DC Sports & Entertainment Commission, now a division of the Washington Convention & Sports Authority, and as Chief of Staff for the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Alex Block is an urban planner and staffer for the DC Counts campaign, based in the DC Office of Planning. Alex works on data collection and analysis for the DC State Data Center, and also has experience in various planning outreach efforts.

Note: There are hundreds of other partner organizations that are not listed for privacy concerns.


Information for everyone: Census fact sheets

For Everyone (PDF)
For Elected Officials (PDF)
For Community and Social Services Organizations (PDF)
For Educators and Schools (PDF)
For Businesses (PDF)
For Faith-Based Organizations (PDF)
For Media (PDF)