Complete Count Radford


Census Day is April 1, 2020!

The City of Radford wants to ensure that all people living in the community are counted in the upcoming 2020 Census, so we’re participating in the Complete Count effort. That means we will be working to reach out to traditionally hard-to-count populations on why it’s important to get everyone to respond.

Community outreach through social media, traditional media, and other methods will ramp up in early 2020.

Note: The content of this page is drawn directly from the web pages.


The U.S. Constitution mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the states and US territories, including people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens, and noncitizens.

The census determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw their legislative and school districts. The population totals also affect funding in our community, and data collected in the census help decision makers know how our community is changing. Approximately $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to communities each year.

Your response matters!

  • Health clinics.
  • Fire departments.
  • Schools.
  • Even roads and highways.

The census can shape many different aspects of the City of Radford!

A complete count ensures that Radford receives federal funding based on an accurate population count. Most federal money comes to the city as community development funding that benefits Hard-to-Count populations the most.


What is a Hard-to-Count Population?

The Census Bureau defines Hard-to-Count populations as groups that have historically been less likely to respond to the census right away. Hard-to-Count populations include:

  • Young children.
  • Racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Persons who do not speak fluent English.
  • The poor.
  • The homeless.
  • Undocumented immigrants.
  • Mobile individuals such as college students.
  • LGBTQ persons
  • Individuals who are angry at or distrustful of the government.

What’s the schedule?

March 2020

  • Postcards sent to most homes in the US. Households will be able to respond by internet or phone.
  • Letter with info to take survey online (the majority of people will get this) or Letter + Paper Survey. Additional letters and postcards will be sent throughout March to households who haven’t responded.

April 1, 2020 Census Day!

April 2020

  • Letter and paper questionnaire to non-respondents
  • Yet another postcard reminder to non-respondents

May – July

  • Non-response follow-up: Census enumerators visit addresses that did not complete a Census questionnaire and collect information at the door
  • Non-response follow-up re-interviews

Learn more about the census -

Important Census Documents