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2020 Census


The next Census will take place in Spring of 2020.  Your participation is critical to ensuring that you are fairly represented at all levels of government and that the local and state government bodies receive a fair share of federal funding to support a wide variety of projects and services.  Census data is also used in the public and private sectors for research and decision making.

What is the Census?

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution.  

Census 101: What You Need to Know

The Questions on the Census

What the Census Asks and Why it is Important

When will the Census begin?

The Census Bureau will send out information in early March 2020 on how to respond to the Census online.  Online response is one new way to respond to the Census in 2020.  Residents may also respond to the paper questionaire or by phone.  Reminder postcards and follow up visits will begin in late March 2020 and continue through July 2020 for any residents who have not responded.

How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond

Learn more about response options

How to Respond?

Those with Multiple Residences
The Census states that those citizens with multiple residences should be counted in the community that they "live and sleep most of the time."

College Students
College students should be counted in their college community, whether that is their college housing or a local rented housing unit.

Ways to Get Involved

The Census hires thousands of employees to help adminster the Census in many ways.  Find out more about employment opportunities or apply for a job, using the link below!

Apply for a Census Job

If you are looking for ways to envolve your organization locally, please contact Michelle Friedrich, Planning Technician to discuss ways you can help Lake Forest.  

Your Responses are Safe with the Census

The Census states "all responses to the Census Bureau surveys and censuses are confidential and protected unter Title 13 of the U.S. Code.  Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep respondent information confidential."

2020 Census - Safety and Security
2020 Census and Confidentiality

To learn more about the Census visit:

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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