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We All Count! Des Plaines and the 2020 Census







Des Plaines Public Library is here to help. Stop by one the library 's Census Response Stations located on the 2nd and 4th floors.  A librarian can answer your questions and assist you in submitting your census online beginning March 12th.

Every 10 years, the census records everyone living in this country. It’s written in the Constitution.

And it comes in a questionnaire that counts everyone who lives at your address on April 1.

Not only is the census required by the Constitution, but it’s critically important to communities because census data is used to determine everything from representation in Congress to allocation of federal and state funds.

$675 billion will be distributed annually for schools, roads, and other public services, all based on census information. In addition, the demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.

It's so important that we all play a part in making sure our community gets counted. 

As your public library, DPPL has partnered the City of Des Plaines, state and local government leaders, and other community partners to increase awareness about the Census and motivate residents to respond to the census questionnaire.


How and when can I access the census form?

When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation by mail.

Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire, as well as reminders to complete the census. SEE A SAMPLE FORM


March 12-20: An invitation to respond to the 2020 Census, with online and telephone responses opening to everyone.
March 16-24: A reminder letter.
If you haven’t yet responded:
March 26-April 3: A reminder postcard
April 8-16: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire
April 20-27: A final reminder postcard before the U.S. Census Bureau follows up in person, up to five times, then visits your neighbors.


What if I need support in a language other than English?

The U.S. Census Bureau offers content in 59 languages, including language assistance guides and videos that explain how to complete the 2020 Census, at 2020census.gov.

Go to the Official Census Language Guides Page to Download

The online online census questionnaires will be available in English and 12 non-English languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian Creole,
Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Paper questionnaires will be either in English or bilingual English-Spanish (with Spanish-only forms in Puerto Rico).




People can respond to the census online and by phone in 13 languages.


How will the census impact my community?

Information learned through the census determines how funds are distributed to states, counties and communities.

This money, in turn, can be spent on everything from public schools to hospitals to public works.

In addition, after each census, state officials will review and redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in Illinois to account for population shifts. More here:


What's new with the census in 2020?

For the first time, the internet will be the primary response option. While a paper form will still be available, individuals will be able to complete the 2020 Census form online, or by phone or mail.



What if I need help filling out the census?

Des Plaines Public Library is here to help. Stop by one the library 's Census Response Stations located on the 2nd and 4th floors.

A librarian can answer your questions and assist you in submitting your census online.


What questions will I be asked? Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?

The census asks how many people are in your household and whether the home is owned or rented. You’ll be asked to count the number of people, including babies and people who may not have a permanent address, who are living or staying in your home. You’ll be asked to answer questions about age, race, or ethnic identity, and relationships of people living at your address to you.

The 2020 Census will not include a question about citizenship. It is important that you complete the census regardless of your immigration status. Everyone deserves to be counted, and your information will be kept confidential. 



Is my census data safe?

Yes! Information you submit through the census form (either online, over the phone or on paper) is kept confidential by the U.S. Census Bureau, which is a nonpartisan government agency. T

The Census Bureau will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.

Please also know that the Census Bureau will never ask you for: Your Social Security number; Money or donations; Anything on behalf of a political party; Your bank or credit card account numbers.  More info:


Can I get a job working for The 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census is hiring in Des Plaines!

Be a Census Taker
As a Census Enumerator (or Census Taker), you will ensure everyone in our community is counted.

An accurate count ensures that the Oak Park receives its share of federal funding and accurate representation in congress.

Pay rates are competitive, and can be found on the Census website.

The Census offers a flexible work schedule - you can be a Census taker even if you are retired or work full time. Travel and training are compensated, and you work in and around Des Plaines

Apply online at www.2020census.gov/jobs.

If you’re unsure about joining the Census team, you should still submit an application - the Census will contact you when enumerators are needed.



National Census Day: Have Cake & Get Counted

April 1, 10:00am-6:00pm
Des Plaines Public Library Lobby
Stop by the DPPL library, enjoy a piece of cake and if needed, get hands on assistance filling out the census form



Visit the official website for the 2020 Census »

Learn more about the technology used in the 2020 Census »

2020 Census At A Glance gives a quick overview of key information about the census »

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