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.