2020 Census

Thank You for Helping Shape Wheaton’s Future

The U.S. Census Bureau gathered responses for the 2020 U.S. Census from April 2020 through December 2020, with a goal of counting every person in the United States. The self-response rate for the State of Illinois was 71.4%, and the total self-response rate for the City of Wheaton was 84.5%.

The City thanks all residents who participated in helping shape Wheaton's future. 

Why the U.S. Census is important?

  • Census data determines how federal, state and local funds are distributed. These funds pay for things like education, infrastructure improvements, and public health programs. 
  • Census numbers also reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state receives.
  • Boundaries of congressional and state legislature districts are made based on population shifts reported in the Census.