Once a decade, a census is taken as mandated by the U.S. Constitution for the purpose of ensuring fair representation and distribution of resources. The next upcoming census will be in 2020. To learn more about what a census is, how the census benefits our community and for additional information, please visit the United States Census Bureau's website. In addition, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services website to view the State of Illinois's official website for the 2020 census efforts and to learn more about what is at stake.
How are census data used?
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community. The results help you understand how demographics - including income and education levels - and population size are changing in your area. Businesses, researchers, and policymakers depend on high-quality data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to make important decisions such as:
- Where to build schools, roads, and hospitals.
- Where to open new stories and expand operations.
- What products and services to sell.
- What new policies and public programs will be most helpful in our community.
What is the decennial census?Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs - impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They are also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Will my data remain confidential?Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law, the U.S. Census cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.