The framers of the United States Constitution inscribed a full count of the population as one of the founding principles of our nation (Article I, Section 2). As a result, the Census Bureau has counted every resident of the U.S. every ten years, beginning in 1790.
The upcoming 2020 Census will add an online response form, using modern and cost-efficient methods to ensure everyone is counted once and in the right place.
Full participation in the upcoming 2020 Census - making sure everyone is counted - will provide our communities with vital information about who we are and what we need. The data that will be collected by the 2020 Census is critical for states, counties, and communities. They will shape political representation, funding of government programs, the flow of business and commerce, and the planning and delivery of services to local communities.
All of us must come together to ensure every Minnesotan counts.