What is the census? The census is a count of how many people there are living in the United States of America.
Why we care?
- Government money is distributed based on the census. A more accurate census count will distribute more money to neighborhood schools and programs. Under counting means significantly less resources for the community for programs including Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and public transportation.
- Illinois Congressional Seats: the new census may change how many congressional seats each state has. Here’s one projection for how things may change.
How does it work? Census Bureau workers distribute surveys – invitations and reminders are mailed. Complete the 2020 census online, by phone, or by mail. Learn more here. Census Day is April 1, 2020.