Census 2020

What is a census and why is it important?

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. 

It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

How the census benefits your community

  • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
  • Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
  • Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
  • Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.


If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. For more information on who to count, including young children and those with special circumstances (military, college students, people who are moving, ect.), please click here.

Snowbirds should be aware their census information should reflect their primary residence. 


It is against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics. Learn more about how your answers are protected below:

2020 Census and Confidentiality
2020 Census and Confidentiality (Spanish)

Avoid Census Scams

The 2020 Census will NOT ask for

  • Social security numbers
  • Bank account or credit card numbers
  • Citizenship status

Click here to learn about other ways to protect yourself against Census fraud and how to report it. 

How you can help

The Village of Romeoville will need plenty of help to be sure everyone gets counted in the census. We're actively looking for community organizers, representatives from neighborhoods and apartment complexes, and anyone who is willing to assist in this task to join the Complete Count Committee. Learn more by clicking here.  

Related Links

U.S Census Bureau at a Glance - https://www.census.gov/about/what/census-at-a-glance.html