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:
Response Deadline Extended
The deadline to complete your census form! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a revised schedule of census operations. You now have until October 31, 2020 to complete an online, phone, or mailed self-response.
Learn More About the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census has arrived! It's 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 pre COVID-19 include:
- A census related informational video that will be viewed above
- An informational open house in February
- Regular social media posts
- Mass mailing to all Mount Prospect households performed in March
- Signage and banners 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
- Marketing materials/handouts at Park Districts, Schools, and municipal locations
- Village newsletter and email blast with census related information
- Various activities and initiatives to ensure a complete count during COVID-19 include:
- A mailing in partnership with the Community Connections Center in April
- Census information in the Senior Newsletter
- Census face masks with the County and Village Census logo available at the Community Connections Center
- A new banner campaign
- Marketing materials released at South Mount Prospect supermarkets and in food pantry bags
- Census themed hand sanitizer, available at the Community Connections and Village Hall
How to get involved:
- For more information and anything Census related, please contact Connor Harmon, Development Planner, at (847) 818-5312.
- If you are interested in becoming a Census employee, please visit: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html
- For additional information on the Census, please visit: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census.html
- For Census related videos and marketing materials, please visit: https://www.census.gov/library/video.html
- For daily Census count updates on Mount Prospect or neighboring communities, visit: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html
- Follow the U.S. Census Bureau on various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and share posts to stay informed, and spread the word to followers, friends, and family!
Please see the following sections and frequently asked questions (FAQs) below:
- As a requirement by the U.S. Constitution, the Census records everyone that lives in the U.S. every 10 years. It counts everyone who lives at your address on April 1st through a questionnaire. It tells us about newcomers, new arrivals, how we’re living, where we’re going, and what we’re learning.
- In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail (hard copy form) if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
UPDATED TO REFLECT COVID-19 OPERATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS
- The Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
- Households received official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.
- The Census Bureau mailed paper questionnaires to homes that had not yet responded online or by phone.
July 1 - September 3:
- Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
August 11 – October 31:
- Census takers will interview homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
- March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
Overall, the self-response period to the 2020 Census has been extended to October 31.
- Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government.
- How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020. This will count the entire U.S. population according to where they live on Census Day.
- Whether the home is owned or rented. This will help produce statistics about homeownership and renting.
- About the sex of each person in your home. This will help create statistics about males and females, which can be used in planning and funding government programs.
- About the age of each person in your home. This will help the U.S. Census Bureau create statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups.
- About the race of each person in your home. This will help create statistics about race and to provide other statistics by racial groups.
- About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. This will help create statistics about this ethnic group.
- About the relationship of each person in your home. This will allow the Census Bureau to create estimates about families, households, and other groups.
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Your bank or credit card account numbers.
- Anything related to citizenship.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.
- In total, the census now offers information in up to 59 languages. 13 different languages will be available for the online questionnaires and phone interviews. The paper census forms are available in Spanish and English only.
- For language assistance phone numbers, please visit this link.
- Special circumstances for participation may include students, service members, people in correctional facilities, people who move on Census Day, or people in healthcare facilities.
- College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address. College students who live away from home should count themselves at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are home on Census Day (April 1, 2020). U.S. College students who are living and attending college outside the US are not counted in the census
- Military personnel who are temporarily deployed overseas should be counted at their usual home address in the US, and the Census Bureau will ensure all military personnel are counted.
- People who are living in correctional facilities on April 1, 2020 should be counted at that correctional facility
- People who move into their new residence on April 1, 2020 should count themselves at that residence. People who move out of their old residence on April 1, 2020, but have not yet moved into their new home, should count themselves at their old residence.
- People in healthcare facilities should be counted at their home residence unless they are people in nursing facilities or in psychiatric hospitals or units for long-term, non-acute care
- It is important to count all children who are living with you. This includes foster children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, children of friends (if they are living with you temporarily), and children who split their time between homes (if they are living with you on April 1, 2020).
- It is estimated that Illinois loses $952 per uncounted person in the Census and in 2015 alone, lost $122 million for every one percent of the population not counted in the 2010 Census.
- The official Census day is April 1, 2020.
- Personal information will be kept confidential. Strict federal law protects all responses to the Census. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentially to handle data responsibly. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time.Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
- Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.
- To verify the identity of a Census employee, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
- If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.
- Census employees will tentatively begin canvassing non-respondent homes on August 11.