Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count or survey those living in the United States and the five U.S. territories. The results of the census help determine congressional representation and federal funding.
The next census will be April 1, 2020.
Learn more about the census by watching the following videos.
Census 101: Get Your Civics On!
Why should I fill out the Census? What good will it do me or my community?
Census 102: Confidentiality in Our Bones
The nuts and bolts of the Census. How it’s done and what is used.
Why is the census important to St. Louis Park?
The census is critical to better understanding and representing our community. The data collected:
- Determines our representation (number of members) in the U.S. and Minnesota House of Representatives.
- Guides federal funding to communities for schools, roads, hospitals and emergency services.
- Assists businesses in deciding where to locate or build their facilities, recruiting employees and conducting market research.
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.
Addressing canvassing by U.S. Census Bureau workers is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 12, 2019. This will help ensure that Minnesota gets a complete count in the 2020 Census.
What is address canvassing?
Address canvassing is done to help validate, correct or deleted existing Census Bureau addresses, as well as to help add missing addresses and add or correct locations of specific addresses before a decennial census.
In previous address canvassing operations, representatives visited each residential address in the United States. At this time, only select addresses will be canvassed. Census Bureau employees will not be asking for information about individuals but rather about addresses and habitable locations.
How to verify Census Bureau employees
Each temporary decennial Census employee will have an official identification card with the employee’s name, picture and an expiration date. Regional level staff can be identified by their personal identity verification (PIV) card. Both temporary and regional level staff can be identified by their laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on the top, and a black canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo.
How to get involved
There are several opportunities for you to get involved with the 2020 Census.
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 inform people about the census and promote participation. You could consider hosting an event, talking to your friends and neighbors, or attending a local event to help answer questions about the census.
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 a variety of positions to help with the 2020 Census. To be eligible, you must be 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number and be a U.S. citizen. The pay rate for a census taker position in Hennepin County is $20 per hour.
To learn more or apply only, visit the 2020 Census jobs webpage.