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Call RPL: 507.328.2309

Chat with We Count MN: Click the blue circle that says "We Count Minnesota" at the bottom right of this page to start a chat. 

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Call the Census Bureau: 800.923.8282

Did you know?

  • Everyone living in the U.S is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.
  • The Census Bureau is required by law to keep answers confidential.
  • Minnesota could lose a congressional seat for the first time since 1962 if people aren't counted.

American Community Survey (ACS)

Some households will also receive an invitation to complete the American Community Survey. This ongoing survey collects information about education, employment, and transportation. It is required by law that you complete the survey if selected.

The ACS can be completed online, on paper, or by phone. If you do not respond, a Census worker may visit your home to collect your answers.

Census 2020

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Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States.

Ten hands coming together with one on top of the other and to their right is a logo that reads "We Count MN Census 2020"

Why is the Census important?

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Census data determines the
number of Representatives
for each state and the
size of voting districts.

Census data guides federal spending, including more
than $15 billion distributed to Minnesota communities.

Census data helps
decision makers plan roads,
schools, senior centers,
and emergency services.

Census data helps
businesses locate stores,
recruit employees, and
conduct market research.


Census 101:

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Who gets counted?

Everyone living in the U.S. on April 1, 2020 is counted. This includes:

The census has, in the past, missed certain groups including young children, people of color, indigenous people, and low-income households. It is important that everyone is counted to ensure equitable political representation and resources for all. Visit for more information.

How do I complete the Census?

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There are 3 ways to respond:


Mar 12-20, 2020
Invitation to complete the census is mailed to households

Mar 30-April 1, 2020
The Census Bureau will count people experiencing homelessness in shelters, soup kitchens, and non-sheltered locations

Apr 1, 2020
Census Day is observed nationwide. Census workers will visit group living facilities including college campuses and senior living centers to ensure everyone is counted

Apr 8-16, 2020
Final notices are sent to households that have not responded

May-Jul, 2020
Census workers will go door-to-door to collect information from households that have not responded

Full timeline: Census Important Dates