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How You Can Be Counted in the 2020 Census

3/25/2020, noon | Updated on 3/25/2020, noon

How You Can Be Counted in the 2020 Census

Th e 2020 Census is here. Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to count every person living in the United States. The census shapes every part of our lives – the places we work and the stores where we shop, to the services that keep our families healthy, safe, and thriving. Forms have already begun arriving in homes, all during a period of uncertainty created by COVID-19.

Our hope is that you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe during this time. Know that you can practice social distancing to keep your loved ones safe and still respond to the census.

For the first time Cook County residents can complete their census form online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. There are other ways to respond remotely including over the phone or by mail—all without having to interact with a census taker. Everyone should respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation — and when they’re finished, they can make sure their friends, families and social networks know about the importance of responding. Depending on the size of your family, completing the census can take as little as 10 minutes. All responses are safe and only used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes.

The 2020 Census count will determine how much of the $675 billion annual federal funding is to be allocated to Cook County for better quality schools, affordable healthcare, safer roads, and healthier communities. A complete and accurate census count is critical for the 5.3 million residents of Cook County to receive the quality programs and services they deserve. Census data also helps determine the district boundaries at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels.

The Cook County Complete Count Census Commission (Census Commission), under the direction of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, chaired by Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore and Vice-Chairs Alma Anaya, Luis Arroyo, Dennis Deer, and the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development (BED), are charged with ensuring that all Cook County residents are educated and encouraged to fully participate in the 2020 Census. For more info visit about the County’s efforts visit https://www. cookcountyil.gov/census.

During these trying times, take care of yourself, be proactive about maintaining your health, and check in with loved ones, and at-risk members of your community. Please go to https://my2020census.gov/ now to submit your responses immediately. Again this short form has huge implications for the health and vibrancy of our county. Please don’t hesitate to complete it. The goal is to count every resident of Cook County, so BE COUNTED in the 2020 Census.

Cook County Complete Count Census Commission