Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution. The 2020 United States Census began in the spring of 2020. Every household in the United States received an invitation to participate in March. The deadline to respond is Sept. 30.

Why it’s important: Participating in the U.S. Census is a civic duty. An accurate count ensures that Lake County and Illinois residents are fairly represented at all levels of government. Data collected in the census is also used to determine the distribution of $675 billion per year in federal funding to state and local government. When you respond to the census, you help all government entities in Lake County get funding for schools, health care services, public transportation, roads, social services and more. For every person not counted, Lake County loses out on about $1,400 per person per year in federal dollars.

How to Respond to the 2020 Census 

Respond online today:  Go to https://my2020census.gov/

Respond by phone in many languages:  https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html

March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. 

April 1: By this date, every home will receive a mailed invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

Starting mid-April: The Census Bureau mailed paper questionnaires to homes that had not yet responded online or by phone.

July 1 - September 3: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.

August 11 – September 30: Census takers will interview homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

Not sure who to count? Click here.

Learn about the census questions and why they’re asked.


U.S. Census Bureau:

Interested in Becoming a Census Worker?

Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Needed

In the spring of 2020, the Census Bureau launched the 2020 Census field operation, known as Nonresponse Follow-up, Census workers play an important role by knocking on doors to follow up with households who have not responded to the census questionnaire. 

Applicants can qualify for both field and office positions. The office positions, which are more limited, will be located in area census offices. The role of these offices is to recruit, select, hire, train, manage, and pay all office and field staff who work within the designated boundaries of the geographic territory assigned to the office.

Easy to Apply

Applying for one of these jobs is simple. Just visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call 855-JOB-2020 and select option 3 for more information. Pay rates for field and clerical jobs can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs/pay-and-locations.

Lake County Complete Count Committee

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Lake County Board voted to create a 2020 Complete Count Committee (CCC), a Special Advisory Group established to provide direction and advice to ensure an accurate 2020 census count of Lake County residents.

The CCC strategically focuses on addressing hard-to-count areas of Lake County, including minority populations, low-income households, immigrant populations, populations with language barriers and young children.