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
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
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 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
- October 7, 2019 Meeting of the Cook County Complete Count Commission
- September 17-18, 2019 Presentation to Commissioners
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.