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Complete your Census today! 

You can complete your 2020 Census online today! Be sure to count all household members including children, especially those under five years old. You do NOT need your Census ID to complete your 2020 Census. 

This interactive map shows how Carol Stream compares with the rest of the country on our Census completion rates. 

What is the 2020 Census? 

The census is an official, legally mandated, complete count of those residing in the United States of America. 

Is the Census really that important?

An accurate count of the population is required by law and serves as the basis for fair political representation and distribution of government and non-profit funding. Each census response is estimated to provide $1,500 of funding to your community. 

  • State population counts from the census are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives across the 50 states.
  • State and local officials use census results to help redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries to meet the one-person, one-vote rule.
  • Governments and nonprofit organizations rely on census data to determine the need for new roads, hospitals, schools, and other public-sector investments. Census data are also vital to businesses to address the changing needs of the U.S. population.
  • In 2015, Census data were used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and local communities for health, education, housing, and infrastructure programs.

What can I do to help?  

Complete your Census quickly and accurately 

The 2020 Census is the first U.S. Census that can be completed conveniently onlineTo learn how, checkout this video available in Spanish, Polish, Arabic and more!

Share Census information with your friends and neighbors

You can find and share Census 2020 updates by following the U.S. Census Bureau and the Village of Carol Stream social media accounts. 

Did you know that children under five under 5 were among the most under-counted last census? In the 2010 Census, nearly 1 million children were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

What is the timeline I can expect? 

The timeline below lists important dates for the 2020 Census.

Important dates
 Dates  Topic
 March 12-20  2020 Census letter invitation
 March 16-24
 Reminder letter
 March 26-April 3
 Reminder postcard
 April 8-16
 Reminder letter and paper questionnaire
 April 20-27
 Final reminder postcard
 TBD
 In person follow up to non-responders

Is the Census secure?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Check out this handy flyer in English and Spanish for more information on Census Data security.  

You can respond online, by mail, or by phone. Households that don’t respond in one of these ways will be visited by a census taker to collect the information in person. Regardless of how you respond, your personal information is protected by law. All data submitted online are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and our cyber-security program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information.

2020 Census Links

Census Online

2020 Census Bilingual Flyer

Counting Newborns and Toddlers

Census and School Curriculum

Census and Schools Resources

Census Coloring Book in English and Spanish

Census Security Facts

2020 Census Homepage 

Census YouTube