The 2020 Census count in our area will determine our share of Minnesota’s more than $15 billion in federal funds that go to programs like healthcare, infrastructure, employment, food assistance, public safety, small business, family services, Section 8 Housing assistance, environment, etc.

Plan to respond when you receive your invitation.

Invitations will arrive by mail addressed to the resident between March 12-20 with instructions for responding online. Areas less likely to respond online will also receive a paper questionnaire. Respond early and no census worker will come to your door.

Plan to include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1.

You can respond by mail with the paper questionnaire, online at or by phone in one of 13 languages at 844-330-2020 and find assistance in many more languages.

The census will never ask certain questions

During the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number.

  • Money or donations.

  • Anything on behalf of a political party.

  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 census.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, go online to Avoiding Fraud and Scams (

What happens to your answers?

Your personal information is kept confidential. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.