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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:

 

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:

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?