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2020 Census

What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

Who needs to be counted?

The 2020 Census will count every person living in the United States regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. Every person residing in your household on April 1, 2020 should be counted. This includes children, newborn babies, grandparents, friends, non-relatives, and anyone else living in your home.

Why is the 2020 Census important?

Federal Funding
Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to local hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other essential resources based on census data.

Political Representation
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Critical Information
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

Constitutional Mandate
Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

How can I respond?

In March 2020, each home will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census questionnaire by mail. The invitation will include all the necessary information and instructions to complete the 2020 Census. There will be three ways to respond:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.

When can I take the 2020 Census?

The US Census Bureau is reporting that the 2020 Census questionnaire will be available for completion and submission as early as March 26, 2020. More information will be provided on the invitation your household will receive in March 2020.

What happens to my information?

Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.

What if I do not respond?

Please remember, completing the 2020 Census questionnaire is required by federal law. If you do not self-respond by the end of April 2020, your household will be placed into a “non-responsive” status. The US Census Bureau will send representatives, several times, to non-responsive households throughout May, June, July, and August 2020 until the questionnaire has been completed. To avoid repeated visits from US Census Bureau representatives, it is highly recommended to self-respond to the 2020 Census questionnaire as early as possible.

What if I need help responding?

There will be several public 2020 Census information and completion stations throughout the Mundelein area beginning in late March 2020. These stations will have computers and an attendant who can assist respondents. More information about the exact locations of these stations will be made available soon. If you have questions about the 2020 Census, you can contact the Village’s 2020 Census Liaison at 847-949-3219.

How can I avoid scams?

During the 2020 Census, the US Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate.

If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Please note that US Census Bureau representatives will not be required to receive a Village-issued solicitor or canvasser permit.

Where can I learn more?

For more information about the 2020 Census, please visit You may also contact the Village’s 2020 Census Liaison at 847-949-3219.