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.

    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!

    U.S. Census Interactive Map - Hard to Count Areas

    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]

      Members of the Cook County Complete Count Census Commission

      Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners approved appointments to the Complete Count Census Commission to guide the County’s work on the 2020 U.S. Census.  This Commission will encourage participation, increase public awareness and ensure Cook County is accurately represented. 

      Commissioner Stanley Moore, 4th District, Chairman of the Complete Count Census Commission
      Commissioner Dennis Deer, 2nd District, Vice Chair
      Commissioner Alma Anaya, 7th District, Vice Chair
      Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District, Vice Chair

      The additional members of the Commission are as follows (listed in alphabetical order, as of 7-25-2019):

      • Anita Banerji, Policy Director, Forefront Chicago
      • Marlon Everett, Director, Cardiovascular Unit, Advocate Trinity Hospital 
      • Xochitl Flores, Acting Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
      • Patrice E. Ford, Executive Director, Steans Family Foundation
      • Layla Suleiman Gonzalez, Director, Human Services Interdisciplinary Program
      • Emmanuel Garcia, Development and Communications Manager, Crossroads Fund
      • Sean Garrett, Chief Executive Officer, United Way
      • Andy Kang, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
      • Kimberly A. Lightford, Illinois State Senator, 4th District, Senate Majority Leader
      • Phyllis Logan, Founder and Executive Director, Universal Housing Solutions CDC
      • Barbara A. Lumpkin, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Urban League
      • Lamell McMorris, Founding Principal, Greenlining Realty USA
      • Vanessa Valentin, Director of Organizing and Programs, Northwest Side Housing Center
      • Griselda Vega Samuel - Midwest Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
      • Johnny Wilbon, VP/Marketing Manager, Bank of America

      Meeting Dates Scheduled for the Cook County Complete Count Census Commission

      The following dates have been scheduled for the Cook County Complete Count Census Commission meetings from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM in the Board Room, 118, N. Clark Street, 5th Floor. We will post any future revisions to this website.

      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.