Make sure you're counted!
Shape your future!
The U.S. Constitution requires a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the United States. The First Census was taken in 1790, the next occurs in 2020.
See how many residents have responded
When It Starts
- March 12 you will receive a postcard in the mail with your online code.
- If you don't respond you will receive reminders in the mail.
- If you don't respond by May 1 a census worker will contact you in person.
- Time to complete the census has been extended
- View the 2020 Census Form
Why You Count
- Representation in Congress. Illinois is going to lose one representative after the 2020 Census because of slow growth. If there is an undercount, we could lose TWO representatives.
- Allocation of tax money for state and federal funded programs. Medicare, student loans, highway funding, school lunches, crime victim assistance. For every person who goes uncounted, we lose $1,500 per year in funding for 10 years. If 50 Wheaton residents went uncounted in the 2020 Census, we would lose $750,000!
- Demographic Reports. Businesses use these numbers to decide whether to invest in a community.
What the Library is Doing to Help
- iPad kiosks for easy access to the census online after we open - bring your postcard (or take a photo of it)
- Desktop and laptop computers in the Tech Center to access the census online after we open
- We can't fill out the census for you, but staff can help you get started.
- We're celebrating Census Day on April 1, includes refreshments (Postponed)
Other Things to Know
- Don't forget your kids! It is estimated that 1million kids under the age of 5 weren’t counted on the 2010 Census.
- Identifying census information (names, addresses, etc.) is not released for 72 years. This year’s census data will not be accessible until 2092.
- There is no citizenship question on the 2020 census.
- Information gathered for the census, by law, cannot be shared with any other government agency, law enforcement or landlord.
- Your data is confidential. It is a felony for any Census Bureau employee to disclose any confidential census information.
Beware of Scams
- You will never be asked for your social security number, political affiliation, your mother’s maiden name, or credit card information.