2020 Census

What Is the 2020 Census?


The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail beginning in mid-March.

Some Deerfield residents may be asking themselves, “Why participate in the 2020 Census?” A decennial Census is required by the U.S. Constitution and is conducted for an accurate and fair count of all persons living in the United States. The Census directly affects how billions of dollars in federal and state funding are allocated to state and local governments. Simply put, the more people counted, the more money allocated. Every person not counted means a loss of revenue for the next 10 years. Invitations to take the census questionnaire will arrive at most homes in mid-March.

The earliest you can respond to the questionnaire is March 12, 2020, and responses are due back to the Census Bureau no later than July 31 (online or phone) and August 30 (paper). After April 30, Census employees will follow up in person at residences that have not submitted the questionnaire.By law, responses are kept confidential to protect your privacy. Each household will need to complete only one questionnaire and will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone. Spending just a few minutes to fill out your Census form will ensure the Village of Deerfield gets its fair share of federal and state funding. The Village of Deerfield and the U.S. Census Bureau are relying on you, our residents, to answer the 2020 Census questionnaire because “it takes a Village.”


For more information, contact David Fitzgerald-Sullivan at dfitzgerald@deerfield.il.us of at 847.719.7400.