2020 census update
The 2020 census is underway and is ready for America to respond. The first invitations arrived in the mail at an estimated 140 million households between Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 20.
Plan to include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1. You can respond online in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more.
Households that have not yet responded to the census online will receive paper questionnaires in the coming days. This is a great time to encourage people (especially those who may not use the internet or who lack access to it) to complete their paper forms and send them in.
If your organization had planned to host a Questionnaire Assistance Center, consider providing assistance over the phone and letting people know that such assistance is available.
Where to fill our your 2020 census online
Visit 2020Census.gov to fill out the census.
- Links to the online form
- A detailed timeline for response
- Examples of what to expect in the mail from the Census Bureau
- Answers to frequently asked questions
What is the census?
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count or survey those living in the United States. It is a count of every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories, and the results of the census help determine congressional representation and federal funding.
It is a questionnaire that has 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes. If you are completing it online, the U.S. Census Bureau suggests setting aside 20 minutes, so you must complete it start to finish.
Why is the census important to St. Louis Park?
The census is critical to better understanding and representing our community. The data collected:
- Representation: The census is used to determine the number of representatives in for an area in the U.S. and Minnesota House of Representatives. Minnesota is at risk of losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives! A complete and accurate count may help avoid that outcome.
- Funding: Guides federal funding to communities for schools, roads, hospitals and emergency services. An estimated $28,000 in federal funding may be forfeited for each person missed in the census over the next 10 years. We cannot afford to miss anyone.
- Information to make informed decisions: The census assists cities, nonprofit agencies and businesses decide which services are needed, where to locate or build facilities and where to recruit employees.
Everyone counts! The City of St. Louis Park is determined to reach everyone and ensure a complete count that accurately represents our community.
For more information, visit the Minnesota State Demographic Center's website.
Who is counted?
Every person living in the United States on April 1, 2020. As the U.S. Census Bureau advises:
- If you are filling out the census for your household, you should count anyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. It may also include people who are staying with you that do not have a permanent residence elsewhere.
- It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:
- All children who live in your household including grandchildren, nieces, nephews and children of friends.
- Children who split their time between households, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
- Newborn babies, even those who are still in the hospital on April 1, 2020.
Refer to the U.S. Census Bureau website for additional guidance on who to count.
How do I complete the census?
Every household will have the option of responding to the 2020 census online, by mail or by phone.
If you do not have internet access, there will be questionnaire assistance centers set up at Hennepin County libraries and St. Louis Park City Hall where you may complete the form online.
*To protect the health and wellness of the community, all city facilities and Hennepin County libraries are closed to the public until further notice.
When do I complete the census?
You will be able to respond online beginning March 12, 2020 at my2020census.govSt. Louis Park households received an invitation in the mail between March 12 and March 20, 2020. Please respond to the invitation right away! Additional reminders will be mailed to households that do not respond, and if needed, a census worker will visit in-person any addresses that have not responded by April 27, 2020.
- Mar. 12 to Mar. 20, 2020: An invitation to respond online to the 2020 census
- Mar. 16 to Mar. 24, 2020: A reminder postcard
- Mar. 26 to Apr. 3, 2020: A reminder Postcard
- Apr. 8 to Apr. 16, 2020: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire
- Apr. 20 to Apr. 27, 2020: A final reminder postcard
- After Apr. 27, 2020: In-person follow-up by census worker
Completing the census usually take 10 minutes, but the Census Bureau suggests setting aside 20 minutes to complete the online form, because you will not be able to save your work. You would have to start over if you do not complete all the questions.
Join the St. Louis Park Complete Count Committee
The City of St. Louis Park is forming a committee of trusted local leaders that want to help inform our residents about the 2020 census and promote participation. The committee will meet regularly to coordinate their efforts.
If you are interested in joining the committee, contact Sean Walther at email@example.com or 952.924.2574.
There are many ways you can help promote the census. You could share social media posts encouraging friends and family to participate, put a notice in the bulletin of you place of worship, staff a booth at a local event.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Sean Walther at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.924.2574.
Work for the U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for part-time, temporary positions to help with the 2020 census. To be eligible, you must be 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number and eligible to work legally in the United States. The pay rate for a census taker position in Hennepin County is $27.50 per hour.
To learn more or apply, visit the 2020 census jobs webpage.
Commit to be Counted!
Commit to be Counted is a tool that lets local organizations communicate directly with Minnesotans about the upcoming 2020 census. The purpose of the tool is to ensure that the 2020 census counts every Minnesotan, and ensure all Minnesotans are represented and receive their fair share of federal dollars. Individuals and organizations can submit contact information to received census updates from the St. Louis Park complete count committee. Data collected from the form is strictly confidential, and only used by the city for limited census updates tailored for St. Louis Park.
If you or your organization would like to receive updates on the 2020 census, you can commit to be counted!
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