What is the Census?
The census, conducted once every 10 years, is the constitutionally-required count of every person living in the United States. The census asks questions about all the people who live and sleep in a household as of April 1, 2020 – including babies and anyone staying in the household who has no other permanent place to stay.
Why Participation Matters
Census data is used to distribute approximately $675 billion in federal funding to communities each year. Every year, billions of federal dollars go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
How to Respond – Watch the Mail
Every household in America will receive a letter in the mail with information on how to respond. You can respond to the census by phone, mail, or online.
Your Responses are Safe
Your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way. The U.S. Census Bureau cannot release any information that identifies you individually for 72 years. The Census Bureau uses your information for statistical purposes only, such as helping to inform decisions for new hospitals, schools and roads.
What is Naperville doing for the Census?
The City of Naperville has formed a Complete Count Committee comprised of leaders from over 50 local organizations. The purpose of this committee is to educate residents about the timeline of the census and why it is important to participate. For more information on Naperville's Complete Count Committee please contact Naperville's Census Liason Mark Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Census Website
- Important Dates
- Who to Count
- Ways to Respond
- Who is Required to Respond?
- Sample Census Questionnaire
- How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data
- Census Takers in Your Neighborhood
- Resources for Educators
- Outreach Material for Community Partners
- How You Can Help
- Naperville Public Library Census Page