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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. Want to know if your letter is authentic? Here are samples!

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 now available to fill out at:

You can also fill out the Census by phone: 1-844-330-2020

You'll receive your Census ID in the mail (see samples of official Census mailings to make sure yours is legit!)

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.

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.