What is the 2020 Census?
- The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States.
- A census is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
- It takes place every 10 years. 2020 is our next census.
- Message from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
- Letter from Commissioner Stanley Moore, Chair, Cook County Complete Count Census Commission
Census Outreach Application - Deadline Extended
The deadline for the Cook County Census Outreach Application (second round) has been extended to February 3, 2020.
If you have any questions, contact Jamila McMillon at Jamila.Mcmillon@cookcountyil.gov.
- Revised application - deadline extended to February 3, 2020
- Optional for City of Chicago applicants - maps - The maps show all Wards and corresponding election precincts in the City of Chicago. Please download and print the map(s) that apply to your agency’s intended area of service during the 2020 Cook County Census outreach project.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Grantees from the first round of applications
- Press Release - January 14
Census 2020 Digital Toolkit
We have created a toolkit designed to make it easier for you to help get the word out in your communities. It includes logos, a PSA, postcards, social media graphics and text, stickers, and posters of several sizes in both English and Spanish.
Interactive Maps and Data - Hard to Count Areas
It is also possible to download the data from these areas in Cook County.
- Please follow this link to view and download the data catalog. More information and instructions are included on the landing page. Also included are other more recent sources of data.
- 2010 U.S. Census Mail Return Rates and Demographics by Tract
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.
- View Cook County hard to count data using U.S. Census map.
- View all data sets within the U.S. Census map.
- Post 2010 data sources - from U.S. Census Bureau
- 2018 American Community Survey Data Wheel
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.
- 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 have secured the services of the William Everett Group 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.
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.