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The goal of the 2020 Census is a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States and its five territories. You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day).

For some, this is straightforward. But others may have questions about where they should count themselves or how they should respond. Below are some questions that Minnesota's snowbirds commonly ask:

Q1: Where should I be counted?

  • If you live at multiple places throughout the year, count yourself at the address where you live and sleep most of the time. For example. if you live in Minnesota for more than 6 months but spend winters in Arizona, you should be counted in Minnesota.
  • If you split your time evenly between two or more places, count yourself where you are staying on April 1, 2020.

Q2: Why does it matter where I am counted?

  • Where there are more people, there are more needs. An accurate count helps inform funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, and roads for the next 10 years.

Q3: I received an invitation at my winter home. Should I use that code?

  • Starting March 12, everyone can easily respond to the census online by visiting, or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020.
  • Respondents will be asked for the Census ID printed on mail received from the Census Bureau, or for their address if they don't have the ID. Each of these unique tracking codes will be tied to the address to which it is delivered.
  • Snowbirds should use the Census ID from mail delivered to their home in Minnesota, or enter their Minnesota address if they don't have access to that ID. They should NOT use the Census ID from mail delivered to their winter home.

Q4: I received a paper questionnaire at my winter home. Should I use that code?

  • In mid-April, forms will be mailed to people who have not already responded. Snowbirds should complete the questionnaire delivered to them in Minnesota, NOT the one sent to their winter.
  • If they use the form that's delivered to their seasonal address, they could be counted as a resident at that address - even if they write their Minnesota address on the form. This would cause funding to misappropriated for the next 10 years.

Q5: This is confusing. Can you walk me through the process?

  • YES! Here is a step by step guide for filling out the census form online with your Minnesota address without a Census ID:
    1. Go to,
    2. Select "Start Questionnaire",
    3. Below the ID field, click the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here."
    4. Identify your Minnesota address,
    5. Complete the short questionnaire.
and you're done! Congratulations!
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