The 2020 Census is coming soon!

April 1, 2020 is Census Day, the date of the 24th Decennial Census.

For a quick look at what, why & how: Census 101 Handout

The 2020 Census is the Constitutionally-mandated counting of every resident in the United States. This census is taken every 10 years and is used to apportion representation in the House of Representatives. Data collected by the census is used to allocate federal and state funding in addition to providing statistical data for a variety of public and private endeavors including for use by schools, businesses, local governments, and service organizations. It is therefore important that all people residing in Wilmette respond to the census completely and accurately to ensure that Wilmette and Illinois receive financial resources and congressional representation for our population.

The Census Bureau is hiring for temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. Many positions need to be filled, including here in Wilmette. If you are interested, please see the 2020 Census job website at

The 2020 Census will be the first to offer online responding. Starting March 12, all residences will be USPS mailed an invitation to complete the Census online. The online portal is expected to be open by the time you receive your invitation so that you can respond right away. Households may also respond by calling a telephone number provided in the mailing. View a sample of the Census Invitation.

Watch a video about what to expect when completing the Census online. Paper census forms will only be sent with a fourth reminder notice when no response has already been received. To see what questions are asked, view a sample of the Paper Census Form.  Walk through what questions are asked and why. Take this quiz to learn about who you should include when completing the Census.

The Census Bureau is encouraging everyone to respond online by April 1, 2020. If no response is received for your address by the end of April, census takers will start visiting homes beginning in May and extending through the summer. The online portal will continue to be open through the summer.

The Census does NOT ask for sensitive or financial information such as your social security number, bank accounts, or passwords. The Census does NOT ask about or reference political affiliation and does NOT request a donation. The Census Bureau will NOT contact you by email. If a census taker comes to your door, they will be identified by their badges and equipment. If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of the person at your door, you can call the Census Bureau at (800) 923-8282. Visit the Census Bureau’s web page for more information about how to avoid frauds and scams.

For more information about how the census keeps your information confidential, see the Confidentiality Fact Sheet. The 2020 Census does NOT ask about citizenship status. All data collected by the Census is confidential and cannot be shared with any other federal, state or local agency or with private entities such as landlords. View a short video about census confidentiality.

The online Census form will be available in English and 12 other languages including Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and Japanese. Translators speaking these 12 languages are available by telephone. The paper forms will be available in English and Spanish. Written guides to completing the Census are available in 59 languages including American Sign Language on the Census website. Guides are also available in braille and large print. View the list and download guides here.

If you need computer help or Internet access to respond online or have a question about what is being asked, the Wilmette Public Library is partnering with volunteers to provide assistance during the days and times listed below. In addition, the library staff will be available to provide assistance upon request. You can contact the library directly at (847) 256-5025 or email

  • Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you have questions about the Census or Wilmette’s efforts to promote participation, please contact the Community Development Department at (847) 853-7550 or email

Click the link to view the Wilmette Census presentation for community groups.

Below is a short video about how to complete the census.


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