Census 2020


Since 1790, our country has endeavored to take a snapshot of our population by means of a survey once every decade. This survey, the Census, aims to count every person in our nation and impacts the way our community makes decisions.

The decisions impacted by the Census data help allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for hospitals, roads, schools, and other essential projects. The Census also determines how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives and helps state governments draw congressional and state legislative districts. There are other decisions outside of the government that are impacted by Census data as well. The data gathered from the Census can help new businesses decide where to open their storefronts, which creates jobs and boosts local economies.

So what exactly is the Census, and why should you participate?
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What is the Census?
How will I be invited to respond to the Census?
How will the Census impact my community?
What questions will the Census ask?
How long will it take to fill out?
Can I refuse to answer a question?
What if I don’t respond at all?
Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?
How does the online option work?
Where can I complete the Census?
How will the information in my Census responses be kept safe?
Learn more about the Census.

 

What is the Census?

Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The Census is that count. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. Learn more here.

How will I be invited to respond to the Census?

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How will the Census impact my community?

Census data is used by organizations all over the country. Disaster relief organizations use it to tailor relief efforts for affected homes and businesses. Students use it for school projects. The federal government uses it to allocate billions of dollars of funding for the maintenance and construction of vital transportation services such as roads and bridges, as well as funding for libraries, hospitals, health clinics, school meal programs, Medicare, and many more federally funded programs. Learn more here.

What questions will the Census ask?

The Census will ask simple questions such as how many people are living in or staying in your home on April 1, 2020; whether the home is owned or rented; the age, race, and sex of each person in your home; and the relationship of each person in your home. Learn more here.

The Census will never ask you for your social security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card information. If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for any of these things, it is a scam and you should not cooperate. For more information, click here.

How long will it take to fill out?

The process of filling out the Census survey is designed to be fast, easy, and safe. On average it should take approximately 10 minutes to fill out.

Can I refuse to answer a question?

You can still be included in the Census head count, even if you skip questions or return an incomplete Census survey form. However, returning an incomplete survey form may trigger a follow up phone call or visit from a Census worker.

What if I don’t respond at all?

Everyone will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in the mail in March. Since everyone is required by law to be counted in the Census, reminder letters and postcards will be sent out to households that have not responded beginning in late March, and will continue in waves throughout April. Follow up visits by Census workers will begin after that. Learn more here.

Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?

No. The Census aims to count all persons living in the United States, both citizens and non-citizens, and it is important to respond regardless of your immigration status. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to keep your answers confidential. Learn more about how the Census Bureau will protect your information here. 

How does the online option work?

In March 2020, you should receive an invitation in the mail to respond to the Census online. The online survey is designed to be convenient, easy to fill out, and secure. The survey will be formatted to be compatible with desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. You should be able to respond any time and anywhere that is convenient for you. The Census survey will be available in 13 languages. Videos and guides to the form will be available in 59 languages. Find more information here.

Where can I complete the Census?

You can complete the survey online using the instructions in the invitation you will receive in the mail. The survey is formatted to be compatible with all smartphones, laptops, tablets, and desktop computers. You can access the internet for free at the Villa Park Public Library. You can also answer the survey via phone by calling the number on the survey invitation you will receive in the mail, or by filling out and mailing back the paper survey mailed to you.

How will the information in my Census responses be kept safe?

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to keep your answers confidential and your responses cannot be used against you in any way. Learn more about how the Census Bureau will protect your information here.

Learn more about the Census.

To learn more about the 2020 Census, please visit the United States Census 2020 website.