What is the Census?
The U.S. census counts every person living in the United States. The census is mandated to take place every ten years by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, and 2020 is our next census.
Why Does it Matter?
A decennial Census is required by the U.S. Constitution and is conducted for an accurate and fair count of all persons living in the United States. The Census directly affects how billions of dollars in federal and state funding are allocated to state and local governments. Simply put, the more people counted, the more money allocated. Every person not counted means a loss of revenue for the next 10 years.
How Do I Respond?
Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail, in mid-March 2020 through April 1, 2020 (Census Day).
The census will follow up in person with all households that don’t respond.
What Questions Are Asked on the Census Form?
Visit the U.S. Census website to explore the questions you'll be asked on your 2020 Census form. You'll find tips for responding and information on how the Census Bureau will use your answers.
How Can I Avoid Fraudulent Census Activity and Scams?
Starting in mid-March, homes will begin receiving an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The best way to avoid a visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as your receive your invitation to participate!
If a census taker visits your home, here are some tips to help you stay safe:
- Check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry bags and other equipment with Census Bureau logo.
- If you are still unsure about their legitimacy, contact the Chicago Regional Census Center at (312) 579-1500 to speak with a regional staff that can help you verify their identity.
If you receive a call from the Census Bureau, just know that they will never ask for:
- Your Social Security Number
- Your bank or credit card account numbers
- Money or donation
- Anything on behalf of a political party
Looking For More Information?
For more information on the 2020 Census, please visit the U.S. Census website.
You can also contact the Village with any questions using our online service request system or by calling the Village Manager's Office at 847-357-4011.