The 2020 Census
The first United States Census was conducted in 1790. Since then, we’ve taken a count every 10 years.
THE CENSUS IS IMPORTANT
You’re legally obligated to complete the Census–but even if you weren’t, it’s vitally important to our community and state that every person is counted. Data from the Census is used to determine funding distribution, decide legislative districts, and help companies make decisions about whether to open new businesses. Even if you don’t have a permanent address: fill out the Census with the city, state, and zip code you’re living in on April 1st. That helps ensure that your current community will get the resources it needs to grow and help you flourish.
IT’S QUICK AND EASY
You can get together with your family or roommates to do it, or you can designate your spokesperson. Either way, each household should fill out one form. It won’t take long. The Census isn’t a test. The only right answers are the ones that best describe you and your household. You can even preview the questions online at mn.gov/admin/2020-census/
YOUR ANSWERS ARE PROTECTED
Your answers are protected by federal law. Information you submit cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. It can only be used to produce statistics.
HAVE QUESTIONS? NEED HELP?
The MLC Library is a Questionnaire Assistance Center. Staff can provide clarifications and guide you as you fill out the Census. We’ll also have dedicated, private computers available for the online questionnaire in our lab.