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CENSUS 2020:

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government.

Learn more about the importance of the 2020 Census and how to participate by visiting www.my2020census.gov. The Village of Orland Park is proud to partner with the Census Bureau as we get ready for the 2020 Census. Ensuring that every resident in the Village is counted is critical for funding, representation, and investment in Orland Park.

Census responses are used to produce statistics about how many people live in what areas and who they are by age, sex, race and ethnicity. When those statistics are combined with other data, policymakers are better armed to make decisions about how to allocate billions of dollars in federal funds for critical public services such as hospitals, schools, road repairs and emergency response services for the next 10 years.

Scores of programs target specific communities of people like college students and young school children.  

School Children and Their Parents

Knowing how many children live in a community will provide the foundation for important policy and planning decisions over the next 10 years.  

For example, should a community build a new library? A new school? Should it expand Head Start for pre-K children? 

That’s why it is so important to count everyone living in your home, including babies born on or before April 1, 2020 (even if they’re still in the hospital but will live you when they get out). Be sure to count children of relatives, friends or other people who live and sleep in your home most of the time. 


Census results can affect funding for many programs aimed at school-age children.

Among them:

  • The National School Lunch Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that funds free or reduced-price lunches for low-income students.
  • Title 1 grants for local schools, a U.S. Department of Education program that helps schools with a high percentage of students from low-income households. 
  • Grants for state special education programs. 
  • The Head Start Program for low-income preschool children.
  • Teacher training, such as the Department of Education’s Improving Teacher Quality State Grant available to schools across the country.

College Students and Their Parents


Several major programs informed by Census Bureau statistics help college students, including:

  • Pell Grants.
  • Aid for land grant and historically black colleges and universities.
  • Federal grants for vocational training, funding provided to states in 2015 to improve vocational training in high schools, community colleges and technical centers.

Low-Income Individuals and Families


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, is the second-largest federal program tied to census statistics. Other low-income programs contingent on census statistics include:  

  • Medical assistance under Title XIX, which is the largest federal program that uses census stats to inform funding.
  • Child care, job preparation and other temporary assistance programs.
  • Housing assistance. 

People Age 65 and Older


The number of people age 65 and older in the United States grew rapidly over most of the 20th century, from 3.1 million in 1900 to 35 million in 2000.

In 2018, there were 52 million people age 65 and older, according to the Census Bureau’s population estimates. Their share of the population grew, too, from 12.4% in 2000 to 16.0% in 2018.

Programs that use Census Bureau statistics to help older people include home weatherization and grants for housing for low-income people over age 65.

See the full map at www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us