Important 2020 Census Information

what is the census?

The Census is a short questionnaire that takes about ten minutes to complete. The goal is to count every person who lives in the country. We do this every ten years as required by the U.S. Constitution. You can complete the Census online, over the phone, or by mail.

who is the census for?

It’s for you! Everyone counts. Regardless of your voting or immigration status, please take the Census. There is no question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

why should i take the census?

The Census impacts how billions of dollars are distributed across Minnesota. It determines funding for public health, schools, housing, transit, and infrastructure (roads/bridges, water/sewer, gas/electric). An accurate count means better serving people where they live. Specifically, every person we don’t count is $28,000 our communities won’t receive over the next ten years.

how do i take the census?

This is the first time you can take the census online at If you prefer, you can mail in your Census form, or call 844-330-2020 (in English) or 844-468-2020 (en Español).

why is april 1st important?

The Census counts people based on where they live on April 1, 2020. When filling out the Census, make sure to use where you live on April 1, 2020.

should i take the census if someone in my house already has?

Yes, it’s important to make sure everyone is counted! The Census will remove duplicate entries so everyone is counted once, only once, and in the right place.

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