Are you ready for the 2020 U.S. Census?
Census day is fast approaching and local organizations and units of government across Kane County are working to help inform, educate, and encourage residents to participate.
Census Day is April 1 — but many Kane County residents will be receiving information in the mail in March with instructions on how to self-respond.
The city of Geneva’s website contains information to help people answer many common questions and connect residents with additional resources to help ensure an accurate population count.
The city of Elgin also has a website page that explains how to get counted.
How It Works
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone.
- By mail.
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
If you don’t respond, you will receive a couple more notices in the mail before door-to-door canvassing begins in April.
For more information, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s website.
Your Info Is Safe
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share personal information with any federal, state and local agencies, including immigration agencies.
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
Ultimately, it’s all about counting every resident once, only once, and at the place they reside on April 1, 2020.
Why It’s Important
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
Experts say that every person in Illinois who is counted represents $1,500 in funding from the Federal government every year.
The results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. “We want to make sure our voices are heard,” Elgin officials say on the city’s website.
And, of course, the U.S. Census isn’t an exercise officials do because they like counting.
It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
SOURCE: city of Geneva, city of Elgin and U.S. Census Bureau websites