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Why It's Important

The data that will be collected by the 2020 Census are critical for states, counties, and communities. They will shape political representation, funding of government programs, the flow of business and commerce, and the planning and delivery of services to local communities. As the examples below show, the Census has far-reaching effects, holding relevance to many facets of our everyday life in Minnesota.

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Representation

Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the size of voting districts for state and local governments.

Minnesota is at risk of losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Funding

Census data guides approximately $589 billion in federal spending allocated to local communities each year, including more than $15 billion distributed to Minnesota communities.

Even one missed person could mean forfeiting $15,000 in funding for the next ten years.

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Planning

Census data helps decision-makers plan roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers, and emergency services to best serve changing populations.

With accurate demographic data about Minnesota we can understand shifting community needs and efficiently direct resources to address them.

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Business

Census data assists businesses in locating factories and stores, recruiting employees, and conducting market research. 

Chambers of Commerce and other business organizations across Minnesota gain valuable insights by using census data.

You and your community benefit most when everyone is counted!

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