Census 2020

The next census will take place in spring of 2020. Your participation is critical to ensuring that you're fairly represented at all levels of government, and that River Forest, Cook County, and the State of Illinois receive a fair share of federal funding to support a wide variety of projects and services.

What is the census?

Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution. The next census will take place in 2020. Read the US Census Bureau's fact sheet, "Census 101: What You Need to Know."

Why does it matter?

Participating in the 2020 Census is a civic duty. An accurate census ensures fair representation on all levels of government, and Census data is used to determine the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties and cities across the country. Census data is also used for research, and academic institutions, medical facilities, and businesses all utilize census data for a variety of purposes.

When should I start thinking about the Census?

Self-response begins in March 2020, when the Census Bureau sends out a postcard which includes an invitation to respond online and an optional paper questionnaire. For those who receive a postcard and fail to respond, Bureau employees will conduct non-response follow ups. These in person visits begin in May 2020 and last through July. Read the US Census Bureau's fact sheet, How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond

What’s new for 2020?

The 2020 Census will be the first to let citizens provides responses over the phone or through an online portal.

Will my information be protected?

Census Bureau employees are sworn to uphold the confidentiality of your data for life. Your responses can only be used to produce statistical information, and your personal information cannot be seen or used by other government agencies or the courts. Read the US Census Bureau's fact sheet, The 2020 Census and Confidentiality

Want to work for the 2020 Census?

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Find jobs that fit your schedule and earn extra money while supporting your community. Visit 2020census.gov/en/jobs

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit 2020Census.gov