The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States every 10 years. Everyone counts and being counted matters. The information the census collects helps determine how more that $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and local communities each year.
Census 2020 Quick Facts
When is the Census Completed? March – April 2020
Am I required to participate? Yes
Is my information confidential? Yes, learn more
Who counts? Everyone living at your residence
What’s at stake? $675 billion of annual federal funding
Why should I participate?
Beyond the Constitution require a complete count of residents every 10 years, the data collected by the Census:
- Influences the drawing of federal, state, and local legislative districts
- Forecasts future transportation needs
- Forecasts future plans for hospitals and schools
- Directions funds for services for people in poverty
- Informs changes to government budgets at all levels
Making sure your family is counted means that you’ll be taken into account when it comes to big decisions. You can read more about ‘50 Ways Census Data Are Used’.
How do I participate?
New in 2020, you will be able to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. You will receive a number of notifications reminding you to participate. Based on your demographic characteristics, between March 12 – 20, 2020 you will receive an initial mailing including either a paper Census survey or information on how to complete the Census online. The following week everyone will receive a reminder letter in the mail. If you do not respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail by March 26 you will continue to remind notification. Beginning in May 2020 Census workers will visit the residences of those who have not responded to the Census survey. Census workers will speak with you and you will then complete your Census survey verbally on your doorstep.
How do I get more involved?
Rolling Meadows has created a Complete Count Committee (CCC) of resident volunteers who are working to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. Our committee needs your help! Please contact Mayor Gallo if you are interested in joining the committee.