The Census and COVID-19
- You can now fill out your census form at home either online or by phone. Be prepared with the letter you have received and follow the instructions on the U.S. Census website. Cook County will continue to conduct virtual outreach to make sure everyone is counted.
- Operational Timeline from the U.S. Census - This table from the U.S. Census Bureau will be updated with the latest public information available on any revisions to their timeline.
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 Calendar
- Sign up to become a Census Champion! Be a leader in communities across Cook County who can be entrusted to share the message on the importance of the 2020 Census.
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.
Census Outreach Application
Thank you for your interest in the Cook County Census 2020 Outreach Program. At this time, there are no additional rounds of funding for grants and the Bureau of Economic Development is no longer accepting grant applications. In the event of any changes, we will post updates to the Cook County Census 2020 website. You can help ensure a complete count of our communities by using our resource toolkit to share information on the Census. See below.
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
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.
- View map - Please read instructions on the landing page.
- 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
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.