2020 Census

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The next census will take place in spring of 2020. 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 

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 more than $800 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.

When should I start thinking about the Census?

Self-response begins in March 2020, when the Census Bureau sends out a postcard which includes an invitation to respond online and an optional paper questionnaire. For those who receive a postcard and fail to respond, Bureau employees will conduct non-response follow ups. These in person visits begin in May 2020 and last through July. In neighborhoods with large college populations, non-response follow ups will begin in early April.

Read the US Census Bureau's fact sheet, How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respondCómo el Censo del 2020 invitará a todos a responder.

What’s new for for 2020?

The 2020 Census will be the first to let citizens provides responses over the phone or through an online portal.

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.

I want to help. How can I get involved?

To help collect data, the U.S. Census Bureau hires several thousand temporary employees to assist with address canvassing, recruiting, and office/supervisory work. More information about Census employment opportunities can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs.

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]


United States Census Bureau

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Use #EvanstonCounts2020 to encourage your networks to participate in the 2020 Census. We're counting on you.


Check back for a listing of events related to the 2020 Census.

More Information

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