The Village of Tinley Park will take part in the 2020 United States Census, which officially begins with National Census Day on April 1, 2020. The data collected helps determine the number of seats Illinois has in the U.S. House of Representatives and the amount of federal funds received for such things as schools, senior centers and public works projects. It also is the basis for many state revenue payments, such as income tax and motor fuel fax.
The last census, held on April 1, 2010, determined the population of Tinley Park was 56,703.
The Clerk's Office coordinates both the decennial and special census.
NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has announced an extended suspension of the 2020 Census field operations until June 1. The Bureau also asked Congress to provide a 120-calendar day extension to the deadline to deliver final counts to the White House and Congress. This deadline extension request will help ensure that Illinois and all other states are accurately counted. The Village will update residents on the status of the Census as more information becomes available.
How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond
Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone. Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker. Learn more by reading this handout.
Overall Timeline (2020-2021)
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way.
- January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
- March 12 to 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 to 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 to 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.
- March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
See below for a list of frequently asked questions related to the 2020 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 Tinley Park 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 Tinley Park 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 hard-to-reach populations such as renters, families with young children and immigrants.
What is the Tinley Park Complete Count Committee?
The Village of Tinley Park Complete Count Committee brings together a cross section of community members who will partner with the U.S. Census Bureau and utilize its local knowledge and expertise to reach out to all persons in the community to ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census count.
The Village of Tinley Park Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census includes:
- Shawn Roby, Tinley Park Park District
- Zach Musil, Tinley Park Public Library
- Jamie Bonnema, Bremen High School District 228
- Dr. Barb Rains, Summit Hill School District 161
- Resolution 19-R-051 [June 18, 2019]
What's new with the Census in 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.
While a paper form will still be available, individuals will be able to complete the 2020 Census form online, or by phone or mail. Complete Count Committees will play a critical role in educating residents about these and other key changes to the Census.
How can I be sure my Census answers will remain private?
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.
Are there any 2020 Census jobs available?
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting people to assist with the 2020 Census count. Jobs include temporary positions such as census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff.
Visit 2020census.gov/jobs for more information or to apply.
What else should I know about the 2020 Census?
See below for a list of resources for those who would like to learn more about the 2020 Census.
- 2020 Census on Social Media
- Counting young children in the 2020 Census
- Fact sheet for community organizations
- Fact sheet for businesses
- Fact sheet for schools
- Why your faith community should become a 2020 Census partner
- Fact sheet for renters (Option No. 1)
- Fact sheet for renters (Option No. 2)
- Fact sheet for property managers