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2020 Census

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By now, all Evanston households should have received an invitation in the mail asking them to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or by mail.  Your participation is critical to ensuring that you're fairly represented at all levels of government, and that Evanston, Cook County, and the State of Illinois receive a fair share of federal funding to support a wide variety of projects and services. #EvanstonCounts2020.

April 1 is Census Day! This means when completing the 2020 Census, you should include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. 

Are you curious how many people in Evanston have already responded to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with a live self-response map to see how Evanston compares to other communities from across the U.S. 

What is the census?

Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution. The next census will take place in 2020.

Read the US Census Bureau's fact sheet, "Census 101: What You Need to Know."

Why does it matter?

Participating in the 2020 Census is a civic duty. An accurate census ensures fair representation on all levels of government, and Census data is used to determine the allocation of $675 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties and cities across the country. Census data is also used for research, and academic institutions, medical facilities, and businesses all utilize census data for a variety of purposes.

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

The U.S Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some of their operations to protect the health and safety of their staff and the public.

The public is strongly encouraged to respond online. (Options for responding by phone or mail are also available.) The self-response deadline has been extended through August 14. 

All other response collection efforts have either been delayed, extended, or both. 

I’m a student. How am I counted?

College students living on campus or in off-campus housing will be counted at school facilities or at their off-campus housing, even if they visit home on holidays and breaks. If they commute, they will be counted at their usual residence.

How do I verify if mailings are from the U.S. Census Bureau?

The Census Bureau has many ongoing surveys of households and businesses in addition to the 2020 Census, such as the American Community Survey. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau web page to verify if a mailing, field representative or phone call is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you suspect a fraud or scam, contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 800-923-8282. More information about potential fraud and scams are available on the U.S. Census website. 

Will my information be protected?

Census Bureau employees are sworn to uphold the confidentiality of your data for life. 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 2020 Census and Confidentiality[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]


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For information on Evanston's Complete Count, please contact Sarah Flax at or 847-448-8684.