Census 2020 

Census 2020

Census 2020 is coming! The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. It is essential that all those living in your household be counted.

Come early March 2020, households will start receiving their census login information in the mail and the census response website will go live. The 2020 Census will be easier than ever to respond.  For the first time ever, each home will receive an invitation to respond to the census online, on the phone, or through the mail. 

When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. Everyone living in your household includes newborns, older individuals and non-family members all should be counted.

Lombard Needs Your Participation in the 2020 Census 

Participation in the Census is of critical importance to the Village of Lombard. Census data directly impacts local funding, electoral representation and local decisions: 

  • Funding -  The Census directly impacts the funding Lombard will receive over the next decade.  Federal and State funds received by the Village are based upon Census data counts.  Undercounted or missed persons in this census will directly impact how much overall funding is made available to Lombard to support a multitude of local community services, projects, and programs.       
  • Representation - Accurate census data helps ensure fair representation at all levels of government.  Census counts determine the how many Congressional representatives each state gets and are used to redraw federal, state and local district boundaries.   
  • Planning and Decision Making - Census data is the most reliable and complete population information available for research, decision making and planning.   Businesses of all types and sizes and all levels of government rely on census data to inform their research, decision making and planning for issues including emergency preparedness, schools, roads, hospitals and other important resources and policy decisions.   

Why conduct a Census?

The 2020 Census is vital for communities across the United States. Your response shapes decisions about how public funds are spent for things like schools, fire and emergency services, and health care hospitals/clinics for your community—as well as your congressional representation.

It’s also in the US Constitution The US Constitution requires that everyone living in the country be counted every 10 years.The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. 

The 2020 Census is safe and secure

Your Privacy is protected. by law. Your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep information confidential:

  • “Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.”
  • Information that will NOT be requested: The Census Bureau will never ask for: • Social Security numbers. • Bank or credit card account numbers. • Money or donations. • Anything on behalf of a political party

FAQ Regarding the 2020 Census

How do I take the 2020 Census?

Beginning in mid-March, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online but if you prefer another option, you can still respond by phone or mail. The census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. Anyone living at your home on April 1, 2020 should be counted.


Is my data safe?

Strict federal law protects your census responses. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau will never ask for: • Social Security numbers. • Bank or credit card account numbers. • Money or donations. • Anything on behalf of a political party.


How will the 2020 Census be used?

The 2020 Census is important for you and your community. The results can affect the amount of funding your community receives; planning for the future by ensuring public services, funding for schools, hospitals and public safety/emergency preparedness. It can impact housing, transportation, employment, future businesses, and public policy. 

How does the 2020 Census affect representation?

The census data is used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Who do we count in our household?

When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. Everyone living in your household includes newborns, older individuals and non-family members all should be counted. 

To see a sample of the census questionnaire, click here.

What is the timeline for the Census?

Timeline Census 2020

Helpful Links: 

Learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020Census.gov 

View the Census 2020 Questionnaire 

 U.S. Census Bureau FAQ