Make Sure You Are Counted in the 2020 CENSUS!
Households throughout the United States are required to participate in the 2020 Census. In mid-March (now!) homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census.
Who Is Required to Respond?
Everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.
Fill Out Your Census
Fill out your Census now at Census 2020. Filling out your questionnaire online is the quickest most straightforward way to complete the census and the best way to limit human interaction during COVID-19. You may also fill out your Census by mail or phone.
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 so that YOU are equally represented.
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 Bureau 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.
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.
- Important Dates – 2020 Census
- Census Takers In Your Neighborhood
- Why the Census Matters for People with Disabilities (Georgetown Law & National Disability Rights Network) (PDF)
- Allocation of federal program funding to Minnesota based off 2010 Census data (PDF)
- Confidentiality Factsheet
- 2020 Census Postcard (PDF)
- 2020 Census MiniCard (PDF)