Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts everyone who lives at your address on April 1st through a questionnaire. The Village of Itasca has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to spread the word about the 2020 Census to help achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. – and Itasca – population.
Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone's help. Individuals, businesses, community organizations, schools and others have a role to play.
The 2020 Census is happening now.! If you have not responded yet, you still have time to do so. The deadline to complete the census form has been extended to September 30, 2020.
Responding to the census has never been easier. You can respond online, by mail, or by phone. Even if you lost your invitation or never received anything in the mail, you can still participate by using your address. Just go to my2020census.gov and select the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." It is located below the Census ID login field.
Or if you prefer to respond by phone, please call (844) 330-2020. Please note, callers may experience longer wait times due to limited in-person staff during the COVID-19 emergency.
For more help on how to respond online, please visit the U.S. Census Help Center.
The once-a-decade population count provides rich data on communities, including trends in the population, projections of growth, and information on demographics. These data are valuable to businesses—they help inform better decision-making regarding business expansions, closures, hiring strategies, and other business practices to decrease perceived risks and increase return on investments. Join us to spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census and help ensure a complete and accurate count. Fact sheet for businesses.
The once-a-decade population count also serves as the basis for distributing federal assistance to schools and educational institutions, including Title I aid, the National School Lunch Program, and special education grants to states. School Partnership Fact Sheet.
Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. Starting in August, census takers will visit homes that haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census.
Census Takers are not solicitors. Their constitutionally mandated followup does not need solicitor badges and are not subject to “No Solicitor” signs. They will leave reminder notices on resident doors and follow up to six times to gain a census response. To avoid in person follow up, residents can do their 9 question Census online at www.my2020census.gov.
The Census Bureau may also contact you to request your participation in other ongoing surveys:
All Census Takers will have a Census Bureau badge, tote, and electronic device. They will also be wearing masks and following local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
To verify the identity of a Census employee, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can call (844) 330-2020 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
If you're not sure if the communication you received is legitimate, please contact the U.S. Census Bureau.
You can expect to be asked the following questions:
Ready to fill out the Census? You can complete your Census at the link below:
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—related or unrelated to you—who lives and sleeps at your home most of the time.
Please be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home. If someone is staying in your home on April 1 and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.
College students that normally live at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily living somewhere else due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more on where to count college students, especially during the COVID-19 emergency, click here.
For more information how to count unique or special cases, click here.
If you know that no one will be living or staying at an address on April 1, 2020, go to the online questionnaire to answer a few questions about the home at the address.
First, enter the Census ID that appears on the 2020 Census letter, postcard, or questionnaire for that address. You will be asked you to verify the address and answer whether anyone will be living or staying there on April 1, 2020. A census taker may visit to verify that no one is living or staying there.
If you feel you have made a mistake, you can return to the online questionnaire and resubmit your information. The Census Bureau has procedures in place to resolve duplicate submissions.
If you’ve already responded using your Census ID, select the link that reads "If you do not have a Census ID, click here" to submit a corrected response for your address. Be sure to respond for everyone who was living at your address on April 1.
Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics; they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Although your responses to the census are secure, please be aware of the types of questions a census worker will and will not ask you. Please see our section on "What Questions Are Asked" and "What Won't be Asked" for further information.
We applaud those of our residents who have taken a few moments to complete the census. Itasca has recently hit a 75% milestone, but 1 out of 4 households have yet to respond. Time is running out!
For current response rates, please visit US Census Response Rates.