The United States decennial census will be released this spring.
Why is the 2020 Census Important?
The census’s population count determines the number of seats Illinois has in the House of Representatives; the amount of federal funds allocated to Illinois; and how Illinois state revenues (such as income tax and motor fuel tax) are distributed. As a result of the 2010 Census, Illinois lost one Congressional seat. According to the Illinois Complete Count Commission, Illinois is expected to lose a second Congressional seat as a result of the 2020 Census, and may lose a third if our population is undercounted. Each year, Illinois receives over $34 billion in federal funds to support schools, hospitals, roads, public works, social services and more. Many La Grange Park residents benefit from these programs and all La Grange Park residents benefit from the funding the Village receives directly from the state as a result of our Census population.
The Village receives money for each resident that is counted in the U.S. Census.
Each year, the Village receives funds from the State of Illinois based on our population count established by the most recent census. In 2019, the Village received $164.40 per resident from the State of Illinois, totaling over $2.2 million! The exact amount the Village receives each year from the State varies, depending on total revenue collected. However, since the Census count is used for 10 years, this amounts to approximately $22 million dollars over the course of a decade. Look for your opportunity to be counted this April with the release of the 2020 Census forms, which for the first time, will also be available to complete online.
How Can I Take the Census?
The 2020 Census will be released in April and for the first time, will be available for residents to take online. Residents may also complete the Census in paper form and mail it in, or take it by phone.
How Can I Be Assured my Information is Kept Safe & Confidential?
The U.S. Census Bureau takes the safeguarding of Census responses very seriously. Those who complete the Census online will do so via an encrypted website. Even if you take the Census from an unsecured computer or wi-fi network, once residents enter the U.S. Census website, all information is encrypted. It is against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you can only be used to produce statistics.
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way:
- January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
- March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
- April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
- May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.