The U.S. Constitution requires that every 10 years we take a count— or 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.
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 will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Most households will receive an invitation to participate via a postcard in the mail in mid-March 2020.
What we are doing
McLean County Regional Planning Commission is gearing up for Census 2020 by partnering with organizations across the County to make sure there is a complete count.
Sample Census Questionnaire
Households will be able to respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through a paper questionnaire. This is a sample of the paper questionnaire that will be used during the 2020 Census. This version excludes some features that will be made available to households starting in March 2020, such as the URL for online response and the contact information for phone response.