Naperville’s Special Census Begins on Friday, February 23

Resident participation will lead to a more accurate population count and additional revenue

Naperville will conduct a partial special census beginning Friday, February 23 and continuing for approximately four-to-six weeks. Residents within the special census area are encouraged to participate as census workers make their way through various parts of the City collecting current population and housing information.

The partial special census was requested by the City and is being conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau to certify an increase in the city's population in select areas where significant growth is believed to have occurred since the last full census in 2010. A certified growth in population would produce an increase in state-shared revenues to the city as State of Illinois income tax, local use tax and motor fuel tax are based on a per capita distribution. Naperville last held a special census in 2008.

It is important to note that this is not a citywide census. An interactive map identifying homes included in the partial census is available at

“We are not counting every household, but every resident is encouraged to get involved because all of Naperville will benefit from the extra revenue this special census could bring to our city,” said Mayor Steve Chirico. “If you live in a neighborhood included in the census, make sure to participate. If you don’t live in the special census area, you can help spread the word to neighbors and friends in those areas and encourage them to take part.”

Census enumerators are required to wear a badge identifying them as such and will be conducting interviews daily from approximately 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., including weekends. Residents living in the special census area can expect to be asked a series of brief questions regarding basic facts about their household including names, ages, genders, race and a few basic questions about the housing structure. This census differs from the decennial census, as the interviews are brief, taking only a minute or two to complete. All information will only be used for the purpose of the special census.

Additional information about the partial special census, including a link to an interactive map to determine whether a specific home is within the special census area, is available at Resident questions should be directed to the Naperville special census office at (630) 305-4479.

Should I expect a special census visit?

Use this interactive map to determine if your house falls within Naperville's 2018 partial special census area.

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About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at