2020 Census

April 1, 2020 is Census Day!

Why It Matters

Hospitals. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. It’s also mandated by the Constitution: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

CountING for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds

The Counting for Dollars 2020 Project aims to understand 1) the extent to which the federal government will rely on data from the 2020 Census to guide the distribution of federal funding to states, localities, and households across the nation and 2) the impact of the accuracy of the 2020 Census on the fair, equitable distribution of these funds.

Download here Counting for Dollars Census 2020

What to Expect in 2020

By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You’ll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail.  This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you’ll note where you are living on April 1.

Important Dates

  • January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.
  • June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 209 area census offices. The offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
  • August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is up to date.
  • January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.
  • April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You’ll then have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.
  • April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.
  • May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.
  • December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.

Illinois Complete Count Commission

The Illinois Complete Count Commission, housed in the Secretary of State’s office, is the official body responsible for the count in the state.

Illinois Census 2020 Brochure

For more information, download the Illinois Census 2020 brochure.

Video: LWV 2020 Census Presentation May 1, 2019

Guest speakers Hilary Denk (League of Women Voters Illinois) and Georgia Logothetis (Common Cause Illinois) provide an overview of the 2020 Census. Watch the entire presentation.