Census 2020 is coming; are you ready for it?
Every 10 years, the United States government conducts an official count of every person living in the U.S.
Census results are used to allocate more than $675 billion in federal funds and to determine Congressional districts. Between March 12 and March 20, you will receive an invitation in the mail to respond to the Census online or by phone. The US Census is a federal government program mandated by the United States Constitution.
The Village of Flossmoor is helping to build awareness about the Census because every resident who goes uncounted in the Census means that Flossmoor loses out on federal and state funding. Responding to the census is critical for our region because:
- Our region will lose $1,400 in federal funding for each resident who goes uncounted in the Census.
- Flossmoor loses $1,100 per person in state funding for each resident who goes uncounted.
- More federal and state funding means stronger support for roads, schools, hospitals and more.
Want to learn more about the Census? Find answers to your questions at 2020Census.gov.
The 2020 United States Census is taking place this month throughout the United States. Will you be ready to respond this month when your 2020 Census invitation arrives in the mail? Be prepared with the answers to frequently asked questions below.
Who conducts the census?
The Census Bureau is part of the federal government and conducts the census every ten years.
The Village is helping support the census by getting information out to the public and helping to build awareness about the importance of the census. The Village does not conduct the Census.
Why does the government conduct the census?
The census is required by the United States Constitution. Population data collected by the Census is used to determine Congressional seats and to allocate federal funding for things like road construction, healthcare and education.
Why does the Census matter to Flossmoor?
The Village of Flossmoor receives almost $1 million every year from the State of Illinois. The funding is directly tied to our total population and is used to fund Village services like police, fire and public works. If residents in Flossmoor go uncounted, money that is owed to our community will go to other towns instead.
How do I respond?
Between March 12 and March 20, you’ll receive an invitation from the Census Bureau asking you to go online or call a toll-free number to respond to the Census. If you don’t respond online or by phone, the Census will send you two reminder letters before mailing you a paper questionnaire. If you don’t respond by April 20, a Census worker will visit your home to follow up in person.
I don’t have a computer or internet at home. How do I respond?
It’s easy to respond by phone instead. Your census invitation will include a toll-free number that you can call. If you don’t have a computer at home, but you still want to respond online, you can visit the Flossmoor Public Library to use a computer there for free.
What questions will the Census ask?
You can see the exact questionnaire at 2020Census.gov. The list below is simplified, but can give you an idea of the questions:
- How many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020?
- Is the home rented or owned?
- What is your telephone number?
- Name, sex, age and date of birth of each person living in the home
- Whether the people living or staying in the homes are of Hispanic, Spanish or Latino origins
- The race of each person in the home
- How people in the home are related to the person responding to the Census for the household
Why does the Census need to know so much personal information?
The goal of the Census is to count each person once and ONLY once. Answers like names and date of birth help ensure that people are not counted twice. Other questions are used for statistical information, like homeownership data, or to ensure federal agencies are complying with other laws like the Voting Rights Act.
Does the Census share my answers with other government agencies?
The answers that you provide to the Census are kept confidential by the Census Bureau and cannot be used against you by the government. The answers are used to create statistical data, but not to identify you or your family members personally. You can see how Census data is presented by visiting Census.gov and clicking on Access Local Data. Enter 60422 in the search box to see statistical information about our village.
Does the Village of Flossmoor see my responses?
No, the Village does not receive your responses. The Census Bureau does not share information on individual households with the Village, the Police Department or any other Village agency. The Village only sees statistical data that is publicly available to everyone on the Census website.