Hennepin County and the 2020 Census

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person in the United States, including everyone living in Minnesota. Simply, the census is a count of the current population. Full participation in the census means making sure everyone is counted.

Count everyone once, only once and in the right place.

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Census jobs now available

Earn extra income while helping your community. The Census Bureau is looking to hire hundreds of thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Applying online at https://2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

No citizenship question on 2020 census 

The census is for everyone. Anyone living in the United States can participate in the census. It doesn't matter what your status is—you still count and deserve representation.

The Supreme Court has ruled that there will be no citizenship question on the 2020 census. Here are a few questions that will be on the 2020 census:

  • What's your name?
  • What's your age?
  • What's you telephone number?
  • Is this a house, apartment, or mobile home?
  • What is your race?

Confidentiality—your information is protected

The census is protected which means your information is protected. Census data is federally protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code which means your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Your answers cannot be shared with your landlord nor your boss.

Answer as many census questions as you feel comfortable. The more complete your census form is, the less likely you are to have a census worker visit your house.

What’s done with census data?

The census provides vital information about who we are and what our diverse communities need. 

Census data—your answers to census questions—is an important resource. It shows how many people live in the United States and allows for the fair distribution of over $880 Billion dollars to each and every state. This funding supports hundreds of programs from Medicaid to SNAP to free school lunches. Census data helps business decide where to build more stores, as well as helps cities plan new neighborhood parks.

Participate in the census online, by phone, and by mail

There are many ways you can participate in the census. In 2020, and for the first time, you can respond to the census online. However, anyone can still complete the census by mail; by phone or; in-person with census workers. 

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