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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.

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Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as districts for state government. Census data guides federal spending allocation of approximately $589 billion to local communities every year.  Census data helps plan roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers, and emergency services to best serve changing populations.  Census data assists businesses in locating factories & stores, recruiting employees, and conducting market research.
Minnesota is at risk of losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Even one missed person could mean a forfeited $15,000 in funding over ten years. Read about Minnesota’s demographics to understand how community needs are shifting. Learn how Chambers of Commerce and other organizations in our state use census data.

Your community benefits the most when everyone counts.

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