In spring 2020, the United States will begin its decennial Census program. To ensure that all residents of Burr Ridge remain informed of this event, the Village has established a Complete Count Committee chaired by Trustee Anita Mital to act as a communications and technical assistance group for residents and organizations with questions about the Census.
Why is the Census important?
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, all residents will be asked to count everyone who lives in their home as of April 1. Getting a complete count in 2020 requires everyone’s help. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and other organizations have a role to play in making sure Burr Ridge is accurately counted when the federal government determines how to distribute more than $675 billion annually for new roads, hospitals, housing, schools and other important projects. The Village of Burr Ridge will be doing its part to maximize participation by all residents. This includes leading a local Complete Count Committee made up of community stakeholders who can help raise awareness about the importance of the census, particularly with historically undercounted populations such as renters, families with young children and immigrants.
Village of Burr Ridge Complete Count Committee
A Complete Count Committee (CCC) is a volunteer group that state and local governments and community leaders establish to increase awareness about the Census and motivate residents to respond to the census questionnaire. Complete Count Committees play a key role in ensuring the 2020 Census counts everyone. Residents are more likely to take part in the census if they learn and understand the importance of it and the process for getting counted. The Village of Burr Ridge does have a Complete Count Committee, Chaired by Village Trustee Anita Mital.
What's New With Census 2020?
There are some key changes to the process for the 2020 Census. For instance, the internet will be the primary response option for the first time. A paper form will still be available, but individuals will be able to complete the 2020 Census form online, or by phone or mail.
Here are the "basics" of the 2020 Census:
Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. 2020 Census and Confidentiality fact sheet
The 2020 Census is hiring! As a Census Enumerator (or Census Taker), you will ensure everyone in our community is counted. An accurate count ensures that the Burr Ridge receives its share of federal funding and accurate representation in congress. Census pay rates are competitive, and can be found on the Census website. The Census offers a flexible work schedule - you can be a Census taker even if you are retired or work full time. Travel and training are compensated, and you work in and around Burr Ridge. You may apply to be a Census Enumerator online at www.2020census.gov/jobs.
The once-a-decade population count provides rich data on communities, including trends in the population, projections of growth, and information on demographics. These data are valuable to businesses—they help inform better decision-making regarding business expansions, closures, hiring strategies, and other business practices to decrease perceived risks and increase return on investments. Join us to spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census and help ensure a complete and accurate count. Fact sheet for businesses
Community Organization Assistance
The once-a-decade population count affects your representation in government, determines how much funding your community receives, and provides data to help you plan for the future.
The once-a-decade population count also serves as the basis for distributing federal assistance to schools and educational institutions, including Title I aid, the National School Lunch Program, and special education grants to states. School Partnership Fact Sheet
Often Undercounted Populations:
Young Children - Newborn babies and young children under five are often missed in the census. Young children who are missed tend to live with large, extended families or with multiple families living under one roof. It is important to remember that everyone living in a household, temporarily or permanently, relative or friend, needs to be included in the 2020 Census. Click here for more ideas on how to count young children!
Property Renters - Property managers are also critical to the success of the 2020 Census. In addition to being a trusted voice among tenants, property managers can share information about the Census with tenants and make sure census takers have access to properties to help complete their form if they haven’t already done so. Click here for a fact sheet on counting renters.
Faith Communities - The U.S. Census Bureau partners with the faith community to get the word out about the importance of the count. Faith leaders are trusted voices in their communities who know how to reach their congregation and members; hard-to-count families, individuals and children; other national and local leaders; and key stakeholders. Click here for FAQ's regarding faith community counts.