Once every 10 years, America counts its residents, as mandated by the United States Constitution. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
In April, every address in the U.S. will receive a mailed census questionnaire. Your participation is essential to get an accurate population count. When you fill out the census, your personal information is kept confidential.
Why is the Census Important?
Census results impact decisions about education, transportation, political representation, and more for the next decade.
A Proper Head Count Means $ for St. Charles
An accurate population count has a real financial impact here in St. Charles. The State of Illinois collects taxes, such as income tax, motor fuel tax, and state use tax. The State then distributes these taxes to Illinois cities based on their official population counts in the Census.
The City of St. Charles receives approximately $180/resident from the State of Illinois tax distributions. According to the last Census, St. Charles had approximately 33,000 residents, which adds up to nearly $6 million in state funding. And, the financial impact of this year’s Census count will last until the next Census is conducted in 2030.
Completing the Census is Easy
You can complete the Census online, in a paper survey mailed to you, by phone, or in-person.
St. Charles QuickFacts
For more information, visit www.census.gov