The Importance of an Accurate Count
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. The next census will take place in the spring of 2020.
An accurate count of every individual is the goal of every census, since the results of the count can have a major impact on communities. The results can determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and help to plan roads, schools, and hospitals. Participating in the 2020 Census is a civic duty. An accurate census ensures fair representation on all levels of government, and census data is used to determine the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties and cities across the country. The census provides critical information that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, police and fire protection, schools, roads, parks and other resources based on census data.
Most important to the residents of Lake Barrington, this census count will determine the amount of income tax, use tax, and motor fuel tax our city will receive from the state. These taxes are some of our largest sources of funds to pay for public safety and other important public services.
Watch this brief informative video “Get Counted in Illinois” to see why it's important that everyone be counted.
How do I respond?
Please take the time to complete the census form when you receive it in the mail. If residents are not included in this census count for Lake Barrington, it will mean less money from the state to help pay for Lake Barrington services for the next 10 years!
Self-response begins in March 2020, when the Census Bureau sends out a postcard which includes an invitation to respond online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census will be the first to let citizens provide responses online – even on your mobile device. For those who receive a postcard and fail to respond, Census Bureau employees will conduct non-response follow-ups. These in-person visits begin in May 2020 and last through July. View a sample copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire.
Guide to RESPOND BY PHONE. To begin, call 844-330-2020.
Read the U.S. Census Bureau's fact sheet, “How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond.”
Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online
Resources and Materials
Frequently Asked Questions
Review a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information on the census, visit 2020Census.gov