2020 Census

Arlington Heights is Counting on You for 2020 Census
Posted on 02/24/2020
2020 Census

Once a decade, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes the task of counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government.

The census provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

The Village of Arlington Heights wants to ensure that every resident is counted in the 2020 Census. Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone's help. Individuals, businesses, community organizations, schools and others have a role to play.

How Does Arlington Heights Benefit?

Arlington Heights will be doing its part to maximize participation by all residents, including renters and property owners. The higher the population count, the higher the share of certain state taxes distributed on a per-capita (population) basis Arlington Heights gets.
These include:

  • Income tax -- A share of income taxes paid by individuals and businesses from withholding, estimates and tax returns is shared with counties and municipalities based on population. The Village receives a portion of the state's 4.95-percent personal income tax on individuals, trusts and estates, and 7-percent tax on corporations.

  • Use tax -- A portion of the sales taxes collected by the state of Illinois on a non-taxed or lower taxed out-of-state purchases (e.g. internet sales) used in Illinois is distributed to counties and municipalities based on population.

  • Motor fuel tax -- A portion of the 38-cents per gallon motor fuel tax collected by the state of Illinois is distributed to counties and municipalities based on population. Its use is restricted to local road construction projects.

Important Dates

March 12 – 20: households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. 
March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.

May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

Learn more about the importance of the 2020 Census and how to participate by visiting the 2020census website.