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You count, I count, we all count! 

For a short introduction video on how the 2020 Census impacts Mount Prospect and what resources are available for you to participate, please see below:

 The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching (April 1st is Census Day), and it is extremely important for a complete count in Mount Prospect. The Census affects the Village and State of Illinois in many ways, including:

  • Government Resource Allocation: Over $675 Billion annually is allocated throughout the nation to support infrastructure needs, schools and school districts, hospitals and emergency healthcare centers, and social service programs that specifically provide assistance for senior citizens, veterans, and low-income families, among hundreds of other programs. State and local funds are distributed based on population, so ensuring a complete count for Mount Prospect is critical for appropriate funding.
  • Economic Development: Bringing potential employment opportunities to communities by showcasing data that large companies and local businesses use to determine where to locate or expand business, among other market factors.
  • Redistricting: Illinois legislature districts are redrawn based on Census data. Population distribution shifts the boundaries to ensure each district has roughly the same population.
  • Reapportionment: Census data is used to determine the number of legislative seats Illinois has in the U.S. House of Representatives through population totals of communities.

What the Village is doing:

  • The Village, in partnership with the Mount Prospect Public Library, the Mount Prospect South Branch Library, and the Community Connections Center, have created a ‘Complete Count Committee’, which also features representatives from School Districts 214, and 57, as well as a partnership specialist from the Census Bureau.
  • Various activities and initiatives to ensure a complete count include:
    • A future census related informational video that will be released closer to Census Day
    • A future open house at the Community Connection Center on all things Census related
    • Regular social media posts
    • Mass mailing to all Mount Prospect households in March
    • Signage around the downtown
    • Periodic press releases
    • Kiosk stations are designated landmarks for online participation during the online period
    • Census hiring events at the Main Library in conjunction with the Census Bureau
    • Census Day campaign
    • Marketing materials/handouts at Park Districts, Schools, and municipal locations
    • Village newsletter and email blast with census related information

How to get involved:

Please see the following sections and frequently asked questions (FAQs) below:

What is the Census?
How can I respond to be sure I'm counted?
What is the timeline to respond and how will I be notified?
Why is it important to me?
What questions are asked?
What questions will not be asked?
What languages are available?
How do students, service members, people in correctional facilities, and other special circumstances get counted?
What’s at stake?
When is Census Day?
What happens to your answers?
If I don’t respond, who will be showing up at my residence?