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2020 Census Resources and Updates

What is the Census?

The Census is a constitutionally mandated count of the population in the United States every 10 years.  The results affect your voice in government, how much funding the State of Illinois and the Village of Shorewood receives and how we (State and Village) plan for the future.  To learn more about the Census, view this VIDEO.

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How do I respond?

An invitation to participate in the 2020 Census will be distributed by mail starting in mid-March 2020.  Be sure to watch your mailbox for an invitation that will look like THIS.  Responses will be accepted by phone, mail or online to identify all persons living in the household as of Census Day, April 1, 2020.  Include all persons living and sleeping at that location most of the time.

Note that this is the first year that the Census questionnaire can be completed online.  If you don't complete the questionnaire online, a hard copy questionnaire will be mailed to you a couple weeks after receipt of the invitation to participate.

How will my data be protected?

No data is shared with any other agency, as the data is aggregated to produce statistics.  Census workers take a lifetime oath to keep personal information confidential and could be fined up to $250,000 and/or face up to 5 years in prison for a violation of that oath.

If there are concerns about internet safety and submitting your questionnaire online, you can either wait to receive the hard copy questionnaire in the mail or you can call the number on the letter to respond via phone.

When should I expect to see Census workers in my neighborhood?

For the Census questionnaires that have not been completed by May, Census enumerators will begin canvassing the community to assist in completing the questionnaire.  All Census workers are required to provide a badge and their employment status can be verified by clicking HERE.  Call 9-1-1 with any concern about safety.

Apply for Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is still hiring for various positions.  View this informational VIDEO & visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020 to learn more and apply.


Where do I get more information?

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