Census 2020

Enumeration for the 2020 Census concluded on October 15, 2020. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO RESPONDED! Your participation was critical to ensuring that you're fairly represented at all levels of government, and that River Forest, Cook County, and the State of Illinois receive a fair share of federal funding to support a wide variety of projects and services.

What is the census?

Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as mandated by the Constitution. The next census will take place in 2030. Read the US Census Bureau's fact sheet, "Census 101: What You Need to Know."

Why does it matter?

Participating in the Census is a civic duty. An accurate census ensures fair representation on all levels of government, and Census data is used to determine the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties and cities across the country. Census data is also used for research, and academic institutions, medical facilities, and businesses all utilize census data for a variety of purposes. 

Will Census takers come to my home?

Enumeration for the 2020 Census concluded on October 15, 2020. At this time, Census takers should no longer be visiting any homes. Click here for more on solicitors in River Forest. 

How did River Forest do?

When enumeration and self-responding concluded on October 15, 2020, the Village of River Forest had a self-resposne rate of 83.5%! This exceeded the 2010 mark of 79.8%! Final counts will be reported at the end of 2020.

Is the Census over?

Yes. 2020 Census enumeration concluded on October 15, 2020. 

Will my information be confidential and protected?

Census Bureau employees are sworn to uphold the confidentiality of your data for life. Your responses can only be used to produce statistical information, and your personal information cannot be seen or used by other government agencies or the courts. Read the US Census Bureau's fact sheet, The 2020 Census and Confidentiality