2020 Census

The next census will take place in the spring of 2020. Your participation is critical to ensure that you're fairly represented at all levels of government and that Schaumburg, 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 U.S. Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution. The 2020 Census begins on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. This date is recognized as National Census Day in the United States.

Read the U.S. Census Bureau's fact sheet, “Census 101: What You Need to Know.”

Why is the census important?

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 $675 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties and cities across the country. The census provides critical information that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, police and fire protection, schools, roads, parks and other resources based on census data.

How do I respond?

Self-response begins in March 2020, when the Census Bureau sends out a postcard which includes an invitation to respond online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census will be the first to let citizens provide responses online – even on your mobile device. For those who receive a postcard and fail to respond, Census Bureau employees will conduct non-response follow-ups. These in-person visits begin in May 2020 and last through July. View a sample copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire.

Read the U.S. Census Bureau's fact sheet, “How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond.”

Will my information be protected?

Your information is secure and private. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your answers by name with others, including welfare agencies, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Internal Revenue Service, courts, police and the military. The numbers published by the Census Bureau are combined with thousands of answers from people in your neighborhood and across the country. Only sworn Census Bureau employees can see your responses. In fact, the law provides severe penalties for any census employee that makes your answers known.

Read the U.S. Census Bureau’s fact sheet, “The 2020 Census and Confidentiality.”

I want to help. How can I get involved?

To help collect data, the U.S. Census Bureau hires several thousand temporary employees to assist with address canvassing, recruiting, and office/supervisory work. More information about census employment opportunities can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs.

What is Schaumburg doing to promote the Census?

The Village of Schaumburg has assembled a Complete Count Committee (CCC), comprised of local government and community leaders, to increase awareness of the 2020 Census and encourage residents to respond. Village staff is currently working hand-in-hand with several community-based organizations and other non-governmental organizations to educate the public and promote census response through various communication channels and resources. For information on Schaumburg’s CCC, please contact the village’s Management Analyst Kevin Leighty at (847) 923-3871.

More Information

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