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Five pairs of hands piecing together a puzzle. Census 2020 logo in the corner

Census 2020:

What to Expect

Around March 20: You will receive a mailed invitation asking you to respond online to the 2020 Census.

March 16 - 24: You will receive a reminder letter.

Then, if you haven't filled out the Census yet:

March 26 - April 3: You will receive a reminder post card.

April 8 - 16: You will receive a reminder letter and a paper questionnaire.

April 20 - 27: You will receive a reminder post card.

May 1 through the summer: Census workers will visit all homes that did not fill out the Census.

How Do I Complete the Census?

The Census is available for completion online! If you don't have a computer or an Internet connection, you can complete the Census on a library computer at any LCPL location. It is free and secure.

The Census will be available to fill out around March 12. Use this link to complete it when it becomes available:

For now, you can see a sample of the Census questionnaire here:

And a video guide here:

Why is the Census Important?

Have you ever felt under-represented politically? Wished school districts made more sense? Wanted new roads anywhere? The Census can help. Census data is used to determine federal and state funding for different areas.

  • $589 billion in federal and state funding is given out each year for cities, towns, roads, schools, health care, and much more.
  • Where people live defines the boundaries for school and legislative districts.
  • Where people live helps the government plan new roads, schools, services for the elderly, and much more.
  • How many people live in each state determines how many seats the state gets in Congress.

Still not sure what it's all about? Come to one of our Census BINGO!! events. We'll have snacks, prizes, and a bit of trivia on why the 2020 Census is vital to our life in the Region!

Census BINGO!! events:

March 4, 7 PM at Cedar Lake

March 12, 6:30 PM at Highland

March 18, 6:30 PM at Hobart

April 1, 10:30 AM at Dyer-Schererville

April 1, 3:00 PM at Merrillville

April 8, 6:30 PM at Lake Station-New Chicago

Questions or concerns about the Census? Ask a librarian!

The Census is Hiring!

The 2020 Census needs local workers to help make it a success. The pay rate for Lake County is $22.50 - $25.00 an hour, and they need thousands of employees for our area.

To apply:

  1. Set up an account and fill out the application at
  2. Watch your email for notifications.
  3. Answer any phone calls, especially from numbers
    beginning 219-525-**** or check messages frequently.
  4. Pass the background check.
  5. Attend paid trainings beginning in March.

Need help applying? Census recruiting assistants are available to help at the library!

We will be hosting regular walk-ins at different branches from 3 PM - 6 PM on different days of the week:

  • Mondays: Hobart Branch
  • Wednesdays: Merrillville Branch
  • Thursdays: Highland Branch
  • Fridays: Cedar Lake Branch

Additional locations, dates, and times are being added. Call the library for more information, or go to our calendar and search census