2020 Census


The Census can be completed online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by paper questionnaire.  Everyone living in the household should be counted, including young children.  It is also important to note that for those with multiple homes, you should respond as residents of the place you reside in the majority of the year.  

As of July 6, 74.6% of Lake Forest residents have responded to the Census.  A huge THANK YOU to those who have responded.  If you have not responded, please don't delay!  

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.

When will the Census begin?

Beginning in June, the U.S. Census Bureau has resumed operations in Illinois, following local health and safety guidelines for COVID-19.  Census empolyees will begin making contact with residents that have not responded to the Census yet.  Please take time to respond to the Census.

The Census Bureau sent out the initial Invitation to Respond on March 12.  Online response is a new way to respond to the Census in 2020 and is encouraged.  Residents may also respond to the paper questionnaire or by phone (844-330-2020).  Paper questionnaires were mailed on April 8 to any non-responders.  Follow up visits will begin in August 2020 and continue through the end of October 2020 for any residents who have not responded.

How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond
Learn more about Response options

What is the Census?  What do questions does the Census ask?

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

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: 2020census.gov

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