US Census 2020
Census 2020 began 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.
Census Takers will be visiting homes that have not yet responded to Census August 11 - September 30, 2020.
Did you know? The 2020 Census belongs to us all. If you know someone who has not yet responded, please encourage them to do so today online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail. Everyone Counts Elmhurst.
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.
Olivia 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. Joe counts. You count. Everyone counts, Elmhurst.
How do you respond to Census? Most households received their initial invitations to self-respond between March 12 & March 20th. After the initial invitation was received, households received up to an additional three mailings encouraging self-response. Beginning August 11, 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.
Census Takers are Visiting Homes August 11 - September 30, 2020: Right now, Census takers are actively visiting households (single family, apartments, condos, townhomes) that have not yet self-responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in communities. If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure 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 contact the regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative at (312)579-1500.
How Do I Respond to the Census Online? Beginning March 12, 2020 households were able to self-respond online by visiting my2020census.gov to complete their 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: