Census Day is April 1, 2020!
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count or survey those living in the United States and the five U.S. territories. The results of the census help determine congressional representation and federal funding.
There will be a lot of information and activities between now and Census Day. Check back here frequently for updates or subscribe to receive updates by email. You can also receive the latest information directly from Minnesota 2020 Census at Commit to Be Counted.
What is the Census?
The U.S. Constitution requires a census (or count) of every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and 5 U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The 2020 Census marks the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
Each home will be mailed an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
Why conduct the Census count?
The data that will be collected by the 2020 Census are critical for both government and business. The data will shape political representation, funding of government programs, the flow of business and commerce, and the planning and delivery of services to local communities.
- Representation - Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the size of voting districts for state and local governments.
- Funding - Census data guides approximately $589 billion in federal spending allocated to local communities each year, including more than $15 billion distributed to Minnesota communities.
- Business - Census data assists businesses in locating factories and stores, recruiting employees, and conducting market research.
- Planning - Census data helps decision-makers plan roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers, and emergency services to best serve changing populations.