Who will get a paper questionnaire or Spanish-language materials?
Most areas — about three of every four households — will receive an invitation in the mail that asks them to respond online or by phone. The 2020 Mail Contact Strategies map shows which tracts will receive different options or an invitation in Spanish as well as English.
Some households will receive a paper questionnaire along with their initial invitation. These 25% are those less likely to respond online, per the Census Bureau’s analysis of self-response rates to the American Community Survey, rates of internet subscriptions and share of population over age 65. In our area, this is one tract in Lincolnshire (see below). Note: these packets (“Internet Choice”) will go in the mail on March 13.
Some households will receive their invitation letter in both English and Spanish, Specifically: tracts where 20% or more of households have at least one person age 15 or older who speaks Spanish and doesn’t speak English “very well.” In our area, some tracts in neighboring Wheeling and Prospect Heights fall into this category (details below).
Paper forms eventually will be mailed to all households that have not responded April 8–16.
Tract 8645.21 will receive a paper questionnaire with their first invitation. This tract is located immediately south of the Vernon Area Public Library. This tract includes Sedgebrook as well as the multi-family homes of Waterbury Place and around Apple Hill Park, Camberley Club and Rivershire Condominiums.
Nearby, tracts 8024.04, 8025.04, 8025.06, 8025.05, and 8026.09 in neighboring Wheeling and Prospect Heights are designated “Internet First, Bilingual.” They will receive mail in both English and Spanish. The invite will direct them to go online to respond. They will not receive a paper questionnaire up front. Note: 8025.05, and 8026.09 are two of the hardest to count tracts in the country — falling in the bottom 20% of response rates nationwide in 2010.