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A Beginners Guide to Understanding Census 2020

Posted by on June 20, 2019 - 1 Comment

By Tricia Luzadder, Search Inc/

The 2020 Census is coming up sooner than you think. In an effort to make sure that EVERYONE gets counted, Search Inc, joined a Complete Count Committee to share important information about the Census to the community.

More information will follow once Census Day gets closer. In the meantime, here is a short FAQ to help you understand more about the Census:

Q: What is the Census?

A: The census is a short questionnaire that asks about who you are and where you live. It’s the way to count every person living in the United States.

Q: Who administers the census?

A: The US Census Bureau is the  government agency that counts everyone in the country.

Q: How often does it happen?

A: The Census happens once every ten years.

Q: Why is the census taken?

A: The US Constitution requires that everyone living in the entire country is counted every 10 years.

Q: When was the first Census?

A: The first census was taken in 1790!

Q: When is Census Day 2020?

A: Wednesday, April 1, 2020, is Census Day.

Q: What is a Complete Count Committee (CCC)?

A: A CCC is a partnership among government and community members who work to spread awareness about the census to hard to reach communities.

The Disability Complete Count Committee is co-chaired by Karen Tamley, Commissioner,  Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) in Chicago, and Daisy Feidt, Executive Vice-President, Access Living, and has members from disability organizations and advocates from across the Metropolitan Area, including Search Inc. Members are working together to make sure that all individuals with disabilities in Illinois are counted in the 2020 Census.

Q: Why does it matter if everyone is counted?

A: There are a lot of reasons everyone should be counted:

  1. Money is a big reason. How many federal dollars Illinois receives for the next 10 years – for schools, hospitals, roads, human services, and more – is determined by the

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    number of people counted in Illinois on Census Day.

  2. Fair Representation is another reason. The Census determines how many US Representatives Illinois has over the next 10 years.
  3. A third reason is quality of life. Businesses use data from the census to decide where to build facilities that offer employment opportunities; local governments use data for public safety and emergency preparedness; and developers use the data from each census to help decide where to build new homes or revitalize neighborhoods.

Q: Is it safe to share my information on the census?

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A: Yes! Federal law does not allow the Census Bureau to share private information with anyone. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics/data that is used by others.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2020 Census and get ready to be counted!

1 Comment

Alana Keleher says:
Jun 24, 2019

It is a good idea that everybody gets to be counted in the US census of 2020. It is a good idea to make sure that you fill out the questionnaire in order to tell them who you are and where you live. One of the reasons that the census is conducted is because of money. The amount of federal dollars that Illinois receives for the next ten years is determined by the number of people counted in Illinois on census day. A good use of the US census is the fact that it determines how many US representatives Illinois has for the next ten years.

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