Frequently Asked Questions About the 2010 Census

What is the census?

Why do we count residents?

When is the census?

How does the U.S. Census Bureau count us?

Will my information be safe and remain confidential?

What is a "hard to count" area?

Where can I get more information?

What is the census?

The census is a count of all residents in the United States. The U.S. Census is taken every 10 years. The census is required by the U.S. Constitution.

Why do we count residents?

The census determines representation in the U.S. Congress. Minnesota currently has eight Congressional Representatives. The 2010 census will determine how many Congressional Representatives we have in the next decade.

When is the census?

The 2010 census will take place on April 1, 2010. Questionnaires will be sent to every address in the nation. Local governments have been working with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure that all addresses are included.

How does the U.S. Census Bureau count us?

Questionnaires will be mailed one to three weeks before Census Day: April 1, 2010. Residents complete the questionnaire and mail it back to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Will my information be safe and remain confidential?

Yes. The accuracy of the census depends on your cooperation and trust and the U.S. Census Bureau promises to protect the confidentiality of your information. For more information, see the U.S. Census Bureaus data protection and online privacy policy .

What is a "hard to count" area?

Hard-to-Count" (HTC) areas are places across the nation that had a high non-response rate for the 2000 Census. HTC scores are derived from 12 variables that are correlated with high non-response rates. Scores can range from 0 to 132. High scores indicate high concentrations of attributes that make enumeration difficult, which increase the likelihood of an undercount. Minneapolis 2010 Census outreach efforts are focused on areas with scores above 50, which is what the local " Hard to Count" map depicts.  

Where can I get more information?

Information about the 2010 census in Minneapolis will be updated on this page. You may also email Census2010-minneapolis@minneapolismn.gov.

Find more information at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011