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Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 Census:
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the US and its territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and has occurred every 10 years since 1790.
Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years. Illinois is the only state in the Union at risk to lose two congressional seats if there is an undercount.
Census results affect planning and funding for health clinics and highways, schools, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and more. Children, ages 0-5, are the most commonly undercounted demographic yet could be impacted the most by an undercount.
On or around March 12, households will receive postcards directing residents to respond to the census online or by phone.
April 1 is Census Day which means the address where you reside on that day is the address you list on your questionnaire.
Your information is safe. The answers on your census form are protected by federal law. They cannot be shared with any other government agency, law enforcement, or even your landlord.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business — even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private information is safe and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
There are three ways to fill out your questionnaire: online, by phone or by mail.
If you don’t fill out your questionnaire, official Census enumerators will visit your home beginning May 13.
LVDL staff is happy to direct you to where you can access your questionnaire but cannot assist you in filling out the form.