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Learn About the Census

Learn all about the 2020 Census, including these basics: what it is, why it matters, when it happens, when and where to participate, and how to ensure you're counted.

What It Is

The Census is at the heart of American democracy, inscribed in our Constitution and rooted in the very ideals of our nation.

Why It's Important

The data collected by the 2020 census are critical for states, counties, and communities. They will shape many facets of everyday life here in Minnesota.

Who Gets Counted

The Census counts everyone, one time and in the right place. Here in Minnesota that means all the people living in our state, as of April 1, 2020.

Who Gets Missed

Historically, the census has undercounted certain groups. This deprives communities of equal political representation and access to private and public resources.

How and When It Happens

The goal of the 2020 Census is to conduct a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population. Let's take a look at how we get there.


We've got answers to common questions about the 2020 Census.

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