Census Day 2020 is April 1

The U.S. Constitution mandates a count of every person living in the United States every 10 years.

It’s Important

It matters that you are counted.

  • Our population determines how many seats Illinois has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The Federal government distributes billions of dollars for government services and community programs based on census data.
  • Census information helps determine how much money is returned to the City from income tax, state use tax and motor fuel tax. Distributions are given per capita; about $187 per person is returned to the City that can be spent on law enforcement, infrastructure improvements and other amenities that enhance our community. 
  • Businesses make important investment decisions based on census data.

It’s Easy

New for 2020 – you can take the census online! It will only take a few minutes.

It’s Safe

The census is private and confidential. Federal law (Title 13) protects your information. It’s against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or businesses. In fact, Census Bureau employees take a lifetime oath and are subject to a $250,000 fine and five years in federal prison for a violation of this law.