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Mark Your Calendars for the 2020 Census

April 1 2020 is National Census day graphic

April 1, 2020, is National Census Day

Once a decade, America comes together to participate in the decennial census!

What is the Census?
Every ten years, the Census Bureau sends out a 10-question survey to individuals in the United States to ask basic demographic questions such as age, race, sex, and occupation to help build their communities.

How is the City involved?
We’re here to help you! We at the City have partnered with the Chicago Regional Census Center which encompasses Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Our goal is to help you understand how the Census benefits you and our community, and how you can get involved!


We Count

Your participation in the census matters. It is critical for the planning and success of the decennial census. The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States of America.

The census impacts where you live, work, and play.
The information collected on the census is used to determine:
  • The proper number of congressional representation
  • Federal funding
  • Social and economic planning
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While it might seem like an annoyance for some people, an accurate census count ensures our community is properly represented and supported.

Your security is our #1 priority

We understand that there are a lot of concerns regarding your personal information being shared. That is why we are taking more precautions than ever:
  • Data security is the highest priority for the Census Bureau. Your personal information is protected by law and cannot be shared outside of the Census Bureau.
  • Your responses can only be used to produce statistical information and your personal information cannot be seen or used by other government agencies or the courts. The law imposes steep penalties and jail time for anyone who shares personally identifiable information.
  • This year, the Census can be completed online and those responses are secured by multiple layers of encryption and isolated from online access as soon as you hit submit.

Being counted is easier than ever!

There are multiple ways to be counted in the 2020 Census:
  • Participate online
  • Respond via phone or mail
  • The questionnaire will be available in twelve languages
  • In person 

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