Starting today, census workers may begin knocking on doors in our area. Residents are encouraged to cooperate with census takers to ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year, including to health clinics, fire districts, school, and road funds.
To keep residents safe, the Census Bureau has provided face masks to its workers and requires them to complete COVID-19 safety training, which includes guidelines on social distancing. They are instructed to follow local health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines as well.
“While someone might have second thoughts about answering the door during COVID-19, it really is important for our residents to do so when a census taker knocks on your door,” says Peoria County Board Member Rob Reneau, who is leading census efforts for Peoria County. “All census workers carry an ID badge with their photograph and the U.S. Department of Commerce watermark.”
Residents who still have concerns can call the Census Bureau at 1-844-330-2020 (English) or 1-844-468-2020 (Spanish).
Peoria City Councilmember Sid Ruckriegel, who is heading census efforts for the City of Peoria, encourages residents to get counted as soon as possible. “If you receive a home visit but were not available, please read the information left behind on how you can respond online or in person. Getting counted in a timely fashion helps to keep a census taker from visiting your house a second time.”
Visit 2020census.gov to be counted and learn more.