Chicago Census 2020: April 1 – July 31, 2020

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.

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