What is the 2020 Census?             

Census Outreach Application

Cook County seeks to support community-based education, outreach and assistance efforts for hard-to-count (HTC) communities across Cook County in the Census 2020 with the assistance of local municipalities and community organizations. Motivating HTC residents in Cook County to participate in the Census 2020 will require robust and coordinated outreach by community-based organizations (CBOs) and local government. Given their deep relationships with and knowledge of HTC populations, CBOs and local governments are trusted messengers and will be critical to success in ensuring HTC residents are counted.

Please download the application following the instructions contained therein for deadlines, further details, submission of your completed application, and for the person to contact if you have questions.  When returning your application, please put the words Census Outreach Application in the subject line of the email address. We appreciate your interest!

    Interactive Maps and Data - Hard to Count Areas

    The Cook County Bureau of Technology (BOT) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data Analytics teams worked together to create the map linked below, using 2010 Census data  based on the mail return rate. In order to allow visitors to view "Hard to Count" (HTC) data in a more user-friendly method, visitors may choose the municipal area on the map, and drill down for more layers of information, based on the map legend. A popup box of the Census tract will appear, showing the municipality and other demographic information. It is also possible to view this data using layers such as Commissioner District, Congressional District and similar boundaries by going to the top right hand corner, next to the legend, and choosing your layer. "Hard to Count" Communities are characterized by tracts where 73% or less of households responded to the U.S. Census, as shown on the map legend. For now, this map is only designed for your PC or tablet; it may be difficult to use on smartphones.  Our interactive map is shown on display at a recent Cook County GIS Day event in the left hand photo.

    It is also possible to download the data from these areas in Cook County.  

    The U.S. Census has provided an online map allowing you to zoom to any area in the country and the map will highlight the local hard-to-count tracts and provide details about how much of the area's population may be at risk of an undercount. You can also view local resources in hard-to-count areas such as public library branches.

    Why Does it Matter?

    • The Census impacts every individual and community in Cook County.
    • The data is used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities in areas such as transportation, healthcare and affordable housing, to name a few. One example is the Community Development Block Grant Program.
    • An accurate census helps ensure fair representation at all levels of government – congressional districts, commissioner districts and wards.

    Essential Facts

    • By Census Day, April 1, 2020, households will be invited to participate in the 2020 Census, with options for responding. You can be counted by mail, online or phone.  If you don’t have access to the internet in your home, you can use the computer in your public library.
    • You don’t have to speak English to participate in the 2020 Census.
    • Cook County will make a serious effort to reach out to underserved communities, proactively involving community organizations, elected officials, public libraries and community colleges. We will also be executing an RFP to secure the services of a vendor to help with our efforts
    • By law, the Census Bureau must keep your identification information and responses confidential.  Learn more from the Census Bureau on this topic:
    • The 2020 Census and Confidentiality [Source: U.S. Census Bureau]
    • El Censo del 2020 y la Confidencialidad [Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

      Cook County Complete Count Census Commission

      The Cook County Complete County Census Commission will encourage participation, increase public awareness and ensure Cook County is accurately represented. Commissioner Stanley Moore, 4th District, serves as Chairman of the Complete Count Census Commission with Commissioner Dennis Deer, 2nd District, Commissioner Alma Anaya, 7th District, and Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District, serving as the Commission’s Vice Chairs.

      Presentations by The William Everett Group  

      To email us, go to: Info.Edev@cookcountyil.gov

      Check back for outreach events and social media updates. We will be updating this page regularly with the latest 2020 Census information.