The Census is Happening Now!
You can take the Census online now! All you need is your Census invitation (sent to you by mail) or your address:
Here are English instructions on how to complete the census online:
Call this number to take the Census in English: 1-844-330-2020
For other languages click here!
If you do not complete the census online or by phone, you will receive the census form in the mail!
Click here for instructions on how to fill it out!
What is the Census?
The census is a count of every person living in the United States regardless of age, citizenship, or immigration status. Everyone who lives in the US gets counted no matter their status!
In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of the three ways.
For every person that is not counted, Illinois loses 14,000 dollars of funding over the 10 years between each Census!
The census helps determine how much funding states and communities get from the federal government. This is why it is important for every person to get counted! More people means more funding. This funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources. Census data also determines how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives, and how congressional and state legislative districts lines are drawn.
Some Census 2020 deadlines have been extended due to coronavirus. Learn more here.
You now have until August 14 to respond to the Census online, over phone, or through the mail, but there is no reason to wait! The census can be completed quickly and easily!
What is asked?
The census focuses on the number of people living in your home, their sex, their ages, their race, and how they are related to you.
There is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The Census bureau is hiring! There are a variety of positions available with competitive wages, weekly paychecks, flexible hours and paid training. In Chicago, the hourly wage for census workers is 26+ an hour. In Illinois, Census income is excluded from SNAP and TANF, meaning that you will not lose these services because of the money made while working for the census.
Click here for more information on applying.
Census field operations, like personal interviews and mobile assistance, will be delayed until later in April or early May.
Click here for more details on delays!