US Census 2020
Census 2020 is coming to your mailbox in March 2020! Participation is critical for your community. When you respond to the census, you help Elmhurst get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. The community benefits most when the census counts everyone.
Did you know? Each week leading up to the Census deadline, you can learn more about your fellow Elmhurst residents who are likewise committed to being counted in 2020 – join us in being counted!
What is the Census? The Decennial (10-year) U.S. Census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, provides for state, county and local funding. Approximately $675 billion in federal funding is distributed each year based on population counts. Additionally, the number of seats of the Illinois Congressional Delegation is determined by the 2020 Census results. The list of how the 2020 U.S. Census results are used is extensive. A successful count in the community leads to accurate political representation, federal dollars that help Elmhurst deliver high quality services, and data that helps Elmhurst continue to attract new development and businesses.
Watch this to learn what the 2020 Census is, how data is used and secured, how it affects representation, and how you can complete it starting in March.
Matt counts. You count. Everyone counts, Elmhurst!
When you respond to the census, you help Elmhurst get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. The community beneﬁts most when the census counts everyone. Matt counts. You count. Everyone counts, Elmhurst. Coming to your mailbox, March 12-20, 2020.
How do you respond to Census? Most households will receive their initial invitations to self-respond between March 12 & March 20th. After the initial invitation is received, households will receive up to an additional three mailings encouraging self-response. Then in May 2020, census takers will begin to visit homes that haven’t yet responded.You may choose to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Responding online is the easiest and fastest way to complete the 2020 Census – it is safe and secure and available in 13 languages.
It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Your bank account or credit card numbers.
- Money or donations.
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity: First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
How Do I Respond to the Census Online? Beginning March 12, 2020 you may begin to self-respond online by visiting my2020census.gov to complete your questionnaire.This video previews the process for responding to the 2020 Census Online, walking you through the questions Census will ask regarding your household:
Elmhurst Complete Count Committee On October 7, 2019 the City Council unanimously approved creation of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee which will serve from October 2019 through May 2020. This special advisory committee will be composed of City staff and representatives of community organizations partnering with the City to assist in reaching those identified as being part of a “hard to count population.” Members will meet on a monthly basis to discuss strategies for educating the public regarding the safety, ease, and importance of participating in the 2020 Census.
How Does Census Affect Elmhurst? Learn why Everyone Counts in this video wherein Elmhurst Organizational Leaders talk about the importance of the US Census to the Elmhurst Community: