Can Chicago Count on You?

This post is part of our Health Centered Digital Edition for Fall 2020. Read the other entries in the series here.

What is the Census? It is a survey that is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). It counts people and the specific demographics of race and gender per area.

Each year, Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new health clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

Completing the census is one more way you can help your community. When you fill out the census, you help amplify your community’s voice and ensure federal funds go to support critical services.

You only have until September 30, 2020 to be counted in the Census, so don’t wait!

Make sure you are counted this year by taking the Census by phone (844.330.2020) or online ( You can also text “Census” to 987.987 for more information.


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