2020 Census

2020 Census

Ford County Public Health Department Is a 2020 Census Partner

The Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a 2020 Census partner, FCPHD will be working to make sure Ford County is accurately represented in the upcoming census count. FCPHD is also committed to answering any questions or concerns people have about completing the 2020 census and can assist individuals with completing the survey.

Understanding the Census

The Census is a survey taken every ten years with the goal of counting every person living in the United States and its territories. The census is more than just a head count. Through the survey, the census bureau can collect important data that affects representation in government and determines how much federal funding each community receives. These funds shape local health care, housing, schools, transportation, employment and public policy. Many organizations and programs depend upon the federal government for sustainability to serve their communities. For example, in Illinois, approximately $1,400 per person per year is lost for every individual who goes uncounted.

How to complete to the census

From March 12-20, households across the nation received an invitation to complete the census.  The invitation included instructions on how to complete the census online or over the phone. Households can respond in their preferred language both online and over the phone with English and 12 additional language options.  Some households—in areas less likely to respond online—received a paper questionnaire in the first mailing.  The paper questionnaire includes a prepaid postage envelope to return it by mail.  All households that have not responded online or by phone will receive a paper questionnaire between April 8 and April 16.  FCPHD encourages residents to use one of these easy methods right away as you don’t have to wait until Census Day to complete the survey.

Beginning August 11, census workers will start visiting households that have not responded to the 2020 Census. Don't delay completing your census! Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.

Find out more about each of these methods below:

  1. Online response guide
  2. Phone response guide
  3. Paper (mail) response guide

Who and Where You Should Count

  • You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). 
  • Babies born on or before April 1, 2020, should be counted at the home where they will live or sleep most of the time, even if they are still in the hospital on Census Day.  Babies born after April 1, 2020, should not be counted in the 2020 Census.
  • College students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020.
  • If you live at multiple places throughout the year, count yourself at the address where you live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time evenly between two or more places, count yourself where you are staying on April 1, 2020.
  • People in certain types of group facilities on Census Day are counted at the group facility.
  • People with no permanent residence, or who cannot determine a usual residence, are counted where they are on Census Day.

I Need Help with My Census - Who Should I Call?

Ford County residents can receive assistance with completing the survey by contacting FCPHD. Contact the FCPHD at (217) 379-9281 with your census questions.

2020 Census Links

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