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Text Our Snowbirds

Remember to text our snowbirds! Everyone can help make sure all Minnesotans are counted by reaching out to snowbirds via text message. To make it easy, we’ve created jpegs that you can share on social media or in text messages, with links to our website for more information. Use this jpeg to remind your favorite snowbirds about the census. You can also read the press release that we sent to media outlets across the state.

  • Did you know Minnesota is home to over 44,000 Snowbirds? Learn more.
  • Hey Snowbird! Make sure you count in your hometown by filling out your 2020 Census form as a Minnesota resident. Doing so will ensure that the funds that are distributed based on the census count - for things like roads, schools, and heath care - find their way to your hometown.

In early March, the U.S. Census Bureau will send mail to households across the country, inviting residents to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. Snowbirds, take note: Census Bureau rules say you should be counted where you live and sleep most of the time. That means snowbirds who are away now, but live in Minnesota for most of the year, should be counted in Minnesota.

How to respond online or by phone

  • 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.

How to respond in writing:

  • 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 home.
  • 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.
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