2020 Census Count: Illinois Response Rate 1st Among Populous States, 7th Nationwide

2020 Census Count: Illinois Response Rate 1st Among Populous States, 7th Nationwide

Elgin’s 2020 Census-counting efforts got a shot in the arm over the 2019 Fourth of July weekend from none other than the Amazing Spider-Man. Kane County Board member Mohammad “Mo” Iqbal (holding flag, at left) spearheaded efforts in Kane County.

Illinois finished seventh nationwide and first among states with more than 9 million in population size in self-response rates for the 2020 Census, according to an Illinois Department of Human Services news release.

More 400 nonprofits and organizations including here in Kane County helped Illinois exceed its 2010 self-response rate goals, even in the midst of the pandemic.

Gov. JB Pritzker said Illinois committed one of the largest per-person allocations of funding of any state in the country to ensure an accurate and complete count.

Illinois Census grantees worked with IDHS get a complete count despite unforeseeable challenges, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With their help, Illinois surpassed the 2010 self-response rate of 70.5%, finishing at 71.4%. A self-response rate is the percentage of homes known by the U.S. Census Bureau that completed the census survey on their own.

According to IDHS, Chicago also outperformed most large cities with populations more than 2 million (Los Angles, Houston, and Philadelphia), with New York City being the only city that outperformed Chicago. Cook County also surpassed its 2010 self-response rate.

“I’m extremely proud and thankful for all of the IDHS staff and partners across Illinois who helped in our efforts to achieve a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census,” said IDHS Secretary Grace B. Hou. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that limited direct interaction with residents at their front doors, competing messages from the Trump Administration that dissuaded people from participating in the Census, and having to redo agreements with our grantees because of the ever changing deadlines, we had excellent results. It was so important for us to have a complete and accurate count so that all of our residents, including immigrants, are represented and have the resources they need.”

In total, IDHS funded 31 Regional Intermediaries, who in turn funded more than 400 nonprofits and municipal governments in Illinois.

A statewide marketing plan focused on hard-to-count zip codes and tallied over 450 million views across multilingual media outlets. IDHS also funded sister agencies in the Illinois Departments of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Agriculture, Aging, and Veterans’ Affairs. They each helped to distribute promotional material, including Census branded facemasks, and other important resources.

To bring the 2020 Census to a close, the state’s Census Advisory Panel hosted its final meeting on Dec. 18.

For more information about the 2020 Census and the final numbers, visit the Illinois Census 2020 Homepage.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release