The U.S. Census begins on April 1st, 2020 and for the first time will be available to complete online. By April 1st, every household should receive an invitation to complete the Census, either via the new online format, over the phone, in person or through the mail. Members of the community are encouraged to explore the Trusted Spaces program to locate a familiar location in your community to assist in census completion. City of Minneapolis census staff are also on hand to assist with questions and concerns.
What is the goal of the census?
The goal of the 2020 Census is to conduct a complete count of every person in the United States, one time and in the right place. The data obtained by the census is critical for our communities, as it will shape political representation and the allocation of federal funding.
Completing the census form
By April 1, 2020, all households should receive an invitation to complete the census form. This form will provide three options for completion:
- Over the phone 844-330-2020
- Mail in a paper form (sent to people who don't fill it out online or over the phone by April)
For individuals unable to complete the census form either online, over the phone or through the mail, a door-to-door enumerator will assist you in completing the form in person.
Visit our Trusted Spaces program to learn where you can complete the census in a safe, welcoming and familiar environment.
The Department of Justice confirmed the 2020 Decennial Census Questionnaire will not include a citizenship question. All individuals residing in Minneapolis, whether they are official citizens or not, should complete the census form.
By law, the Census Bureau is required to keep all of the information that is submitted confidential. Information obtained is used for statistical purposes only and never to identify individuals. Every census employee takes an oath for life to keep all information confidential and a violation of this law and oath are met with severe consequences including a fine of $250,000.00, 5 years in prison or both.
Sample 2020 Census Questionnaire Form
City of Minneapolis Census Staff
Alberder Gillespie, 2020 Census Operations and Engagement Coordinator, [email protected]
Katie Lauer, 2020 Census Outreach Coordinator, [email protected]
Chelsea McFarren, 2020 Census Communications Coordinator, [email protected]
U.S. Census Bureau information line: 301-763-3030
Last updated Apr 3, 2020