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Posted on: December 30, 2019

Census 2020

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The next census will take place in the spring of 2020. Your participation is critical to ensuring that you're fairly represented at all levels of government and that Northfield, Cook County, and the State of Illinois receive a fair share of federal funding to support a wide variety of projects and services. 

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.

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. 

What’s new for 2020?
The 2020 Census will be the first to let citizens provide responses over the phone or through an online portal.

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 success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help!

Learn more at www.census.gov/partners/2020.html

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