For the first time, same-sex couples filling out the U.S. Census will have the opportunity to identify their relationship as “same-sex husband/wife/spouse” or “same-sex unmarried partner.”
Answering the question will provide statistics on how many same-sex couples are raising children, where same-sex communities exist, and the race and ethnicity of people in same-sex relationships. These responses will help inform policy and planning decisions and direct funding to programs and services that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) community.
Funding for Programs and Services:
Arlington receives $50 million annually from federal grants that rely on Census data for funding allocations. According to the Census Bureau, the LGBTQ+ community, including their children, are a historically undercounted community.
Completing the Census helps guarantee that Arlington receives its fair share of federal funding to administer a wide variety of programs that support the LGBTQ community, including housing and food assistance, HIV Emergency Relief Project Grants, Medicaid, adoption services, career and technical education grants, and more.
- Arlington Resources for the LGBTQ Community
- National LGBTQ Task Force: Queer the Census
- Family Equity Council: LGBTQ Family Fact Sheet
How to Take the Census
Taking the Census is safe, easy, and only takes a few minutes. Here’s how:
- Online: Go to 2020census.gov.
- Phone: Call 844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish
- Mail: If you received a paper copy by mail, just fill it out, place it in the envelope provided and drop it in a mailbox.
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation, including right here in Arlington County. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The collected data help to determine things like the number of seats Virginia has in the House of Representatives, and how to distribute federal funds to local communities like ours. Take the Census here.