Loyola University Chicago

Office of Civic Engagement

The Census

What is the Census and why does it matter?

Article 1, Section 2 of the US Constitution mandates that the population of the country be counted every 10 years by its government, and so it has been since the first census in 1790. A count as complete and accurate as possible is extremely important as shifts in population data impact business development, government funding for public works and services, and, especially important in the current political climate, the redrawing of congressional district lines.

Important Dates

  • April 1, 2020: National Census Day! 
  • April, 2020: Census takers visit individuals who live among large groups of people ie college students.
  • May, 2020: Census takers visit homes that haven’t responded to the census to ensure everyone individual is counted.
  • March 31, 2021: Redistricting counts are sent to states and will be used to redraw legislative districts.

To get involved with and find more information on the 2020 Census click here!