State of Illinois Finishes First Among Populous States and Seventh Nationwide in 2020 Census Count

Illinois Census grantees worked with IDHS get a complete count despite unforeseeable challenges, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With their help, Illinois surpassed the 2010 self-response rate of 70.5 percent, finishing at 71.4 percent. A self-response rate is the percentage of homes known by the U.S. Census Bureau that completed the census survey on their own.Chicago also outperformed most large cities with populations over 2M (Los Angles, Houston, and Philadelphia), with New York City being the only city that outperformed Chicago. Cook County also surpassed its 2010 self-response rate. In total, IDHS funded 31 Regional Intermediaries, who in turn funded over 400 nonprofits and municipal governments in Illinois. A statewide marketing plan focused on hard-to-count zip codes and tallied over 450M views across multilingual media outlets. IDHS also funded sister agencies in the Illinois Departments of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Agriculture, Aging, and Veterans’ Affairs. They each helped to distribute promotional material, including Census branded facemasks, and other important resources.On June 2019, the Pritzker Administration created the inaugural Illinois Census Office and established an Advisory Panel to help oversee and advise the State’s Census efforts. To bring the 2020 Census to a close, the Census Advisory Panel will host their final meeting on December 18th. For more information about the 2020 Census and the final numbers, visit the Illinois Census 2020 Homepage.



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