Participate in the 2020 Census!
By April 2020, households throughout the United States will be asked to participate in the 2020 Census via email, phone, or mail. Over the next ten years, these numbers will be used for the following:
- Funding for programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), Highway Planning and Construction, and Low Income Home Energy Assistance.
- Funding for Civil Rights and Advocacy programs
- Funding for education and student loans.
- The number of congressional districts in Minnesota
Due to the high participation rate in 2010, Minnesota received high amounts of funding in these areas over the past 10 years. To ensure this funding continues, MCD is encouraging full participation for everyone in the 2020 Census.
While the Census no longer tracks which individuals have disabilities, the Census Bureaus has identified people with disabilities as a group that is “hard-to-count,” mainly because past versions of the Census were inaccessible. This year the Census will be accessible. Census emails follow Section 508 accessibility laws and paper copies can be requested in Braille or large print. The Census is also translated into 59 different languages, including ASL (in video format).
Participating in the Census does not make your information public. According to Title 13 of US Code, data collected for the Census is secure and safe. Information from the Census is not shared with any other government entity.
For more information refer to Census Counts.
If you are interested in working the Census, they are hiring all kinds of folks.
Questionnaire Assistance Centers are predetermined locations in Minnesota where individuals can fill out their 2020 Census online and with trained staff available to assist when needed. The Minnesota State Demographic Center is collaborating with Minnesota Public Libraries, statewide Complete Count Committees, and other 2020 Census partners to create a network across the state that can provide Minnesotans with the resources and assistance they need to submit their 2020 Census form.
Please participate in Commit to be Counted if you plan on participating in the Census.