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, and counting for the census concluded on Oct. 15, 2020. The percentage of households that self-responded to the census was 76.9%, higher than the 2010 self-response rate. Many more households were counted by census takers during door-to-door visits. Complete results will be available in 2021.
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.