US Census 2020

Time to get that US Census 2020 done!

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.

The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, clinics and/or roads, as well as where more services for families, older adults, and children are needed.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 social service programs, such as Medicaid and SNAP.

Bottom line, the US Census directs SO much of our democracy and funding allocations for the next 10 YEARS!

Responding to the Census

You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day).

For some, this is straightforward. But others—including college students, service members, and people in health care facilities—may have questions about where they should count themselves or how they should respond. Other circumstances can cause confusion as well, such as moving, having multiple residences, having no permanent address, living in a shelter, or living at a hotel or RV park.

You can find criteria for residency here.

The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020.

You can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below:

You should have received a letter in the mail that looks like this (see below) that has your Census ID#. You can also quickly & easily complete the census online at 2020census.gov using that ID#.

If you need help completing the online application, no worries – our outstanding Social Service team is ready to help. Just give us a call at 815-844-7174 x230. If possible, please have your census ID ready.