The 2020 United States Census is right around the corner! As we're the village "Where People Count," the Village of Chicago Ridge and Chicago Ridge Public Library are committed to ensuring every Chicago Ridge resident is accounted for on the Census.
Why is the census so important?
Since 1790, the US Census Bureau has conducted a decennial census of every person living in the United States and its territories. The results of this census count play a huge role in determining how Chicago Ridge and our surrounding communities will be represented in the federal government, as population statistics directly determine how many seats Illinois has in the House of Representatives, as well as the boundaries of our congressional district.
In addition, $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support are based on census data. That means that for every person accurately counted during Census 2020, Chicago Ridge is entitled to more money spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other programs and services.
When and how will I respond to the census?
Starting Thursday, March 12, 2020 until April 1, all households in the United States will receive a notice letting them know it's time to complete the census, either online, over the phone or by mail. The questions within will pertain to who is living in your home as of April 1, 2020.
What will I be asked on the census?
You will be asked a few simple questions like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
What won't I be asked?
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties. As of now, questions related to United States citizenship are not planned to be a part of the census, but this is subject to change.
Is my information safe?
Your responses ot the 2020 Census will be safe, secure and are protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way - not by the FBI, nor the CIA, nor the DHS, nor ICE.
Can the library help me complete the census?
Given that our communities are more online than ever before, the upcoming census will be the first in which the majority of respondents will respond on the Census Bureau's website. While the Census Bureau is marketing this as making the Census "easier than ever," we know that's not the case for everyone. But don't worry! Library staff will be available to help you get started - and a paper form will be made available by the Census Bureau for those who need it.
CRPL patrons interested in receiving online help are encouraged to stop in between 11am-1pm on Wednesday, March 18, March 25 and April 1 for one-on-one assistance. In addition, older adult patrons may wish to meet with a representative from PLOWS Council on Aging, who will be available for hands-on help from 2-4pm on Wednesday, April 1, with a brief presentation to follow.
What about census jobs?
The Census Bureau hires about a half million people every ten years to help out with the census. To learn more and start your application, check out the Census Bureau's job site.
I want to help make sure every Chicago Ridge resident is counted! Where do I start?
Chicago Ridge has formed its own Complete Count Committee! Those interested in learning more about the CCC and helping out with the effort towards an accurate count are directed to contact our mayor, Chuck Tokar, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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