Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person in the United States.
By April 1, 2020 you will receive information in the mail from the census bureau to ensure you and your family are counted.
Follow the instructions you receive in the mail to submit your information by mail, phone or online.
From late April through August, census takers go door-to-door to collect information from residents who didn’t already complete the census.
If you’re away for an extended period of time – such as vacation, work travel or you own multiple homes – you can complete the census online. Use your primary address, where you spend the majority of your time.
The government uses census data to make important decisions about:
- Distribution of nearly $900 billion in federal funds.
- U.S. representative seats and district lines.
- State and local government planning.
Census data is also often used by businesses when trying to decide where to build factories, offices or stores.
Everyone should be counted regardless of age, citizenship or permanent residence.
If you’re completing the census for your household, count everyone living there most of the time as of April 1, 2020.
- Number of people
- Type of home
- Phone number
Information about each household member
- Full name
- Age and birth date
- Hispanic origin (yes or no)
Yes, the private information you submit is confidential and protected by federal law.
Visit the state's census FAQ page for more details.
The census bureau will never ask for:
- Full social security numbers.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of political parties.
- Bank or credit card information.
Potential outcomes of incomplete census data
- Minnesota could lose national representation in the House of Representatives.
- Our state, county and community may lose federal funding, about $2,800 each year for each Minnesotan not counted.
- State and local agencies may not invest as much in our area.
- Businesses may not invest as much in our community.
Call 952-939-8200 or email us to learn more, ask questions or request assistance to complete the census.