The Census is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 10 years, and counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. This count determine how many people represent us in Congress and how much money our communities receive for local schools, hospitals, roads, and more. When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation by mail. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire.
If you need some extra help with your Census questionnaire - the West Cook YMCA will be here to help! Starting March 16th, you can stop at the West Cook YMCA (dedicated Census pop-up station) and take your Census survey with additional support from one of our team members or volunteers. It is fast, easy and completely confidential!
Take your Census Survey at the West Cook YMCA!
When: Starting March 16th to April 27th, come inside the West Cook YMCA and take your Census survey at our location, with the help and support of one of our team members or volunteers!
Where: West Cook YMCA, 255 S. Marion St. Oak Park, IL 60302. Check in at our Front Desk
Hours/Days: 9:00am - 12:pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
What do I need to bring to take my survey at the West Cook YMCA? You will need your ID and the identification number sent to your home to complete the self-response portal. If you do not have that number, it is fine, you will be able to use your address to complete the survey.
The census is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 10 years. Not only is the census required by the Constitution, but it’s critically important to communities because census data is used to determine everything from representation in Congress to allocation of federal and state funds. $675 billion will be distributed annually for schools, roads, and other public services, all based on census information. In addition, the demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.
How will the Census impact my community?
Information learned through the census determines how funds are distributed to states, counties and communities. This money, in turn, can be spent on everything from public schools to hospitals to public works. In addition, after each census, state officials will review and redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in Illinois to account for population shifts.
What questions does the census ask?
The census asks how many people are in your household and whether the home is owned or rented. You’ll be asked to count the number of people, including babies and people who may not have a permanent address, who are living or staying in your home. You’ll be asked to answer questions about age, race, or ethnic identity, and relationships of people living at your address to you.
How long will it take to fill out?
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Can I refuse to answer a question?
You can skip questions, submit an incomplete census form, and still be included in the head count. Returning a partially filled-out questionnaire may result in a follow-up phone call or visit from a census worker.
Will I be asked about my citizenship or immigration status?
No. The 2020 Census will not include a question about citizenship. It is important that you complete the census regardless of your immigration status. Everyone deserves to be counted, and your information will be kept confidential.
How can I respond to the census?
You can respond to the census online, by phone, or on a paper questionnaire. The online and phone questionnaire will be available in 13 languages. You can still complete a paper form, but these forms will only be available in English and bilingual English-Spanish.
How does the online option work?
Almost all households will receive an invitation letter in the mail with instructions for responding to the census online. The invitation will include a unique identification code called a Census ID or User ID. The online form will be optimized to allow people to respond on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Using the Census ID helps the Bureau keep track of responses and prevent duplication. However, the Census ID is not required in order to respond online or by telephone. If you don’t have your Census ID handy, you can use your address instead.
The online questionnaire will be available in 13 languages (Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese). The Census Bureau will have a toll-free phone hotline in 13 languages for people who have questions or need help responding to the census. You also can complete the questionnaire over the phone when you call.
Is my Census data safe?
Yes! Information you submit through the census form (either online, over the phone or on paper) is kept confidential by the U.S. Census Bureau, which is a nonpartisan government agency. The Census Bureau will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.
Please also know that the Census Bureau will never ask you for:
Your Social Security number
Money or donations
Anything on behalf of a political party
Your bank or credit card account numbers
Where can I complete the Census?
You can complete the Census at home, over the phone or you can come to the West Cook YMCA!