Census by the Numbers

Census by the Numbers is an online platform designed to offer visibility, openness, and accountability for the Cook County Census Outreach Program. The portal contains information ranging from agency/grantee budgets to itemized spending categories. We strive to use your tax dollars as efficiently and effectively as possible to educate, inform, and encourage full participation in the completion of the 2020 Census.
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An accurate census is vital to our nation's ability to provide an equitable distribution of financial, legislative, educational, public health, housing, and the variety of resources contributing to creating stable communities. The County's Census efforts launched in 2019 to educate and engage residents while encouraging completion of the census. In partnership with the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Cook County Complete Count Census Commission, nearly 2 million dollars ($1,922,883.50) in grant funding is being invested in promoting Census participation.
Our goal is to rebuild trust in our most vulnerable and undercounted communities and encourage the participation of all residents in the 2020 Census.  Through a network of eighty-four, community-based organizations, grassroots efforts are being conducted to engage the multi-faceted and diverse population of residents throughout the county. Our grantees serve as "trusted messengers" in their communities and are vital to helping us reach our goal.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic, the 2020 Census deadline has been extended. We've adjusted outreach efforts to include more virtual and digital engagement while working with frontline workers to continue our efforts to encourage Census participation. While following the Illinois Department of Public Health regulations, we will continue to align our strategies to remain compliant while forging ahead to complete this critical work. 

About Census by the Numbers

This portal provides a searchable database for information about our grantee spending activities. It allows visitors to see a breakdown of the areas of investment using specific underlying datasets. While Census efforts are ongoing, data will be updated frequently and made available in Spanish. Other languages are available upon request. The following categories will be featured in the portal reports:
Advertising: TV, radio, social media, billboards
Administrative: Transportation, stipends, office supplies, reporting fees, technology  
Event Fees: Rental, equipment, food, decorations
Marketing: Display, promotional
Our data reflects expenditures from January through July, 2020 by our grant recipients. It includes items shown in our chart related to Census 2020 outreach.

For more information, visit www.cookcountyil.gov/census.