Why the Census Matters
Information from the census shapes our communities and influences our city voice in Congress. The census tells us who we are as a nation and what we need.
The data are used to determine what resources our communities need. Funds are provided to state and local governments who then use that money to fund programs and infrastructure like healthcare, housing, education, and transportation.
An accurate census ensures equal political representation and fair allocation of government resources. For example, census data are used to determine how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives, and to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts. Census data are also used at the local level: the City of Chicago relies on population counts to make important decisions about local policies and funding.
Participation in the census is the right and responsibility of every Chicago resident.
Chicago’s Census Priorities
The City of Chicago is committed to helping every Chicagoan participate in the 2020 Census. The City pledges to:
Ensure a fair, complete, and accurate count of every individual living in Chicago.
Develop culturally-appropriate strategies for hard-to-count populations.
Mobilize resources in an inclusive manner for census hiring, public engagement, and outreach.
Ensure digital access and equity during the first census when a majority of Chicagoans will be invited to respond online.
What does this mean to you? If you live in Chicago and do not know how to complete the census, reach out to us and check out our Frequently Asked Questions. We will direct you to the resources you need. If you would like to help us ensure that every Chicagoan gets counted, get involved and check back regularly for opportunities to help your community get out the count.