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2020 Census Deadline - Wednesday, September 30

East Peoria is a partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census deadline is Wednesday, September 30. East Peoria needs a complete count to make sure the city is adequately represented by our legislators and to get its share of federal dollars to fund schools, roads, senior centers, child care centers, public safety and much more.

If You Did Not Get Your Census Letter

If you did not receive your census letter with your response code, you can still log in to the online portal and provide your address instead of the code. Select the link under the login button that says "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." For best results, use the two latest versions of the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Samsung Native. If responding without a Census ID, you will be asked for your address so when you respond your response can be linked to your address. 

Read the directions on how to respond using your address (PDF).

Information Collected

The census form has nine questions like age, sex, and the number of people who live in the home including children.

The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, income, or anything related to political parties.

Data collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for things like infrastructure, health care and food assistance. It also influences congressional representation. It is important that everyone respond to shape the future of our community.

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 by any law enforcement, government agency or court in any way - not by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

How to Fill Out the CensusPerson sitting with an open laptop computer

This is the first time the census can be completed online and that will be the preferred method. The data entered is secure and goes through three levels of encryption. People can also do the census over the phone or request a paper form.

Because completing the census is required of everyone by federal law, those who have not submitted their information online, by phone or on a paper form will have a census taker come to their home. Census takers are in the community now.

Who You Should Count

Be sure to count everyone who lives in your home on your 2020 Census form. This includes babies and young children, who are often missed in the census. Not counting newborn babies and children impacts support for programs such as children’s health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools and early childhood development. It is important to count all the babies and children in your home, even if they are not related to you or are only staying with you temporarily.

Renters also need to respond to the census. Personal information is confidential, protected by law and can never be used to identify you. It can never be shared with law enforcement agencies or your property manager.

College students should respond to the census to have a chance to impact programs like Pell Grants, health care services, food assistance and more for the next decade. Those who live in off-campus housing that is not owned, leased or managed by the college or university can respond online, by phone or by mail by Wednesday, September 30. Count yourself at your off-campus address, even if you stay somewhere else during school breaks. If you live in on-campus student housing or in another student housing facility that is owned, leased or managed by the college or university, census takers will work with student housing officials to ensure that you are counted. 

How to Learn More About the Census

Learn more about the 2020 Census at the official census website.