The U.S. Constitution requires that every 10 years we take a census of America’s population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas. The decennial census is the largest peacetime mobilization of the U.S. government, relying on each household to self- report the number of residents and their demographic characteristics. Visit 2020census.gov to learn more.
We held a successful education and outreach campaign in McLean County to promote completion of the 2020 Census form. Despite all the challenges 2020 brought to us, we were able to help our county achieve a self-response rate of 72.8% which was higher than the self-response rate in 2010! Our new 2020 population numbers are below:
Why it's important
Outside of voting, one of the most powerful things you can do for your community is to participate in the census. The information gathered is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly.
What you need to know
Everyone is legally required to respond to the U.S. Census. You could be subject to a fine or limited prison term for not responding or providing false answers.
How to participate
Every household had the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Most households received an invitation to participate online via postcard in the mail in mid-March 2020.
What we are doing
McLean County Regional Planning Commission partnered with dozens of organizations across the County and the greater region to make sure there we got a complete count.