November Report

The 2020 Census Office report for November 2020 includes updates regarding: COVID-19, self-response rates, outreach, 2020 Census date change, grant allocations, and disbursements.

COVID-19: Please visit for the most current information.

Census Response Rate: As of October 21, 2020, the final Census numbers submitted by the U.S. Census Bureau stated that 99.9% of Illinois' households were counted in the 2020 Census. Illinois ranks seventh in the country for Census self-response rates and has remained in the top ten for much of the time, since March 12th, that the Census portal has been open. Out of the states with the largest populations, Illinois had the highest self-response rate. To find response rates and rankings by city, county, town, or Congressional districts, please visit: or

Please see the table below for specific final self-response rates, as of October 28, 2020 which includes self-responses collected via phone, internet, and mail:

Location Self-Response Rate (%)
National 67.0%
Illinois 71.4%
City of Chicago 60.9%
Illinois Counties with Highest Response Rates:
Monroe 82.9%
Kendall 82.3%
McHenry 82.3%
DuPage 80.8%
Illinois Counties with Lowest Response Rates:
Hardin 34.7%
Calhoun 44.8%
Henderson 45.9%
Alexander 47.2%

Outreach: During the final weeks of the Census operation, to provide a final push and to highlight multiple hard-to-count areas and populations in order to help increase engagement and self-response rates, the Census Office, along with the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the IDHS Secretary, numerous elected officials (including members of the Census Advisory Panel), and all of our Census grantees and partners held additional press conferences, events, and questionnaire assistance and participated in radio and television interviews. Additionally, the last day of the Census coincided with the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month and the last stop of the Hispanic Heritage Bus Tour in the Chicago neighborhood, Back of the Yards, which was held jointly with the Illinois Latino Caucus.

2020 Census Date Change: Due to various lawsuits that advanced to the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2020 Census operation concluded on October 15, 2020 with mail-in questionnaires postmarked by October 15th and received by October 22nd included in the final count. The various date changes required the 2020 Census Office, Regional Intermediaries, and partners to be adaptive and flexible in continuing to reach people in hard-to-count and low response areas until the closing of the Census portal.

Grant allocation and distribution:

Regional Intermediary Amount Amount Paid
Illinois Primary Health Care Association $235,294 $123,017.94
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $54,118 $41,665.88
Community Assistance Programs $470,588 $405,909.25
Habilitative Systems Inc $1,419,853 $935,491.24
Illinois Action for Children $550,875 $375,415.55
Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights $1,082,353 $219,316.79
Pilsen Little Village $79,412 $23,956.44
Puerto Rican Cultural Center $101,176 $53,084.90
Rincon Family Services $616,471 $164,262.46
YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago $700,530 $502,513.12
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $94,118 $78,888.14
Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights $352,941 $93,142.04
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus $141,176 $122,960.67
Reaching Across Library Systems $254,540 $179,455.34
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago $92,715.29 $58,789.35
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $70,588 $48,906.70
Tri-County Regional Planning $235,294 $208,844.04
Champaign Urbana Public Health District $327,059 $51,626.25
Region 1 Planning Council $432,941 $102,125.09
Illinois Public Health Association $223,529 $123,066.82
Clay County Health Department $224,588 $197,146.89
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $27,059 $19,778.03
Illinois Public Health Association $401,792 $191,016.30
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $155,294 $127,279.99
Teens Against Killing Everywhere $155,294 $105,558.46
Illinois Action for Children $341,946 $269,525.76
Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies $352,941 $252,765.17
Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights $470,588 $78.667.46
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus $470,588 $320,743.74
Western Illinois Regional Council $141,176 $79,337.96
TOTAL $10,276,837.29 $5,554.257.77
Census Data, Research, GIS Visualization
and Regional Intermediary Coordination
Amount Amount Paid
University of Illinois at Chicago $398,444 $89,552.82
TOTAL $398,444 $89,552.82
Appropriation Amount Obligated Amount Amount Paid
$14,500,000 $14,500,000 $5,643,810.59