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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, August 28, 2020

Be Counted!

It’s never been easier or more important. Please complete your 2020 U.S. Census form.

As of today, Aug. 28, DuPage County’s self-response is at 79 percent. It’s important to have a complete count and increase our DuPage responses. Our County’s federal funding is based on our population. Therefore, Census figures are used to set funding levels for local government services, roads, schools, hospitals and other important programs that benefit our residents.

The U.S. Census Bureau is following up in-person with households nationwide that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Based on the current nationwide self-response rate, the Bureau estimates it will need to visit about 56 million addresses to collect responses in person. 

In most cases, Census workers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. This includes leaving notification of the attempted visit on the door. The notification will include reminder information on how to respond online, by mail, or by phone. In addition, census workers may try to reach the household by phone to conduct the interview.

After exhausting their efforts to do an in-person interview with a resident of an occupied housing unit, they will seek out proxy sources – a neighbor, a rental agent, a building manager or some other knowledgeable person familiar with who resides in the housing unit – to obtain as much basic information about the occupants as possible.

Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a Census taker does not speak the household language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does.

Remember, you can respond to the Census any time online, over the phone or by mail.

Visit and be counted!  Thank you!