You count, I count, we all count!
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:
- 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
- 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.
- Census Questionnaire Assistance toll-free phone lines open (800-923-8282 or 301-763-4636). Phone support is offered in English and 12 non-English languages including Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
- As always, you may call the Chicago regional office at 800-865-6384 for any questions specific to the metro area.
- Census Bureau mails materials to all households with information about how to respond online (including unique household ID) and language assistance resources. The Bureau also mails the paper form to the 20 percent of households it suspects have the lowest level of internet access.
- Census Bureau will send a reminder letter to households that have not responded.
March 26- April 3:
- Census Bureau will send a reminder postcard to households that have not responded.
- The official 2020 Census Day.
- Census Bureau will send a reminder letter and a paper form.
- Census Bureau will send a final reminder postcard.
- The Census Bureau identifies who has not responded to the census.
- The Census Bureau sends census workers to visit households that did not return their forms or did not answer many of the questions. Keep in mind that during this time the online form and Census Questionnaire Assistance line are still available for people to respond.
- Post-Enumeration Survey to measure coverage error (people missed in count or counted more than once) in the 2020 Census.
December 31, 2020:
- Deadline for Census Bureau to report state population totals to the President for apportionment purposes.
- 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.
- 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.