How does our Department use the census?
At the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, we work with businesses to create equitable and inclusive workplaces that are free from discrimination. As part of this work, our agency establishes workforce participation goals for people of color and women on state projects. Data from the census helps us set workforce goals for the state.
Can I complete the form online?
Yes, you can complete the form online. For the first time, people will be able to respond anytime, anywhere — online from any device, by phone or by mail. In previous censuses, the majority of households returned their census forms by mail. Census workers then walked through neighborhoods to count the remaining households.
Why is the census important?
The data from the 2020 Census is critical for states, counties, and communities. It will shape political representation, funding of government programs, the flow of business and commerce, and the planning and delivery of services to local communities.
In 2016, Minnesota received $15,459,175,947 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. Read more about the role of the census in the distribution of federal funds.
What will you be asked?
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
What will you NOT be asked?
There will be no citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Additionally, the census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.
Are my answers safe?
Yes, your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.
How can I get involved?
One of the easiest ways to get involved in the 2020 Census is by completing this short commitment survey. There are lots of other ways to get involved and you can find out more here.
For more information about the 2020 Census, contact We Count. Minnesota.