Three Things to Know About the 2020 US Census

The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time the United States has counted its population since 1790. South Elgin households will begin receiving official US Census mail during March, and here are three important things to know:

1. The Data Can Shape South Elgin’s Future:
Lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use census data to provide daily services, products, and support for our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal and state funding is distributed to local governments, such as the Village of South Elgin, for roads, public safety, education, emergency management, parks, and other resources based on census data. For example, the State of Illinois relies on population numbers from the census to allocate revenue from gasoline sales taxes, one of the Village's primary sources for funding local roads. The 2020 Census is truly an opportunity to shape the future of South Elgin!

2. Avoid Census Scams:
During the 2020 Census, 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.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate; call 911.

3. Your personal information remains confidential:
The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.

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