About the census
The U.S. Census is a count of all residents in the United States. It's taken every 10 years and is required by the U.S. Constitution. It's used to determine political representation and federal funding distribution for governments, including at the state and local levels. Getting an accurate and complete count of all residents is vital.
The Neighborhood & Community Relations Department led the City of Minneapolis efforts to ensure a complete count.
Important 2020 Census update
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced the results of the 2020 Census.
Minnesota obtained the 435th seat in the House, meaning that we retain our eight congressional seats for the next decade. Minnesota also led the nation with a 75.1% self-response rate and saw its population grow by 7.6%.
Efforts by governments, nonprofit groups and advocates ensured that residents who are typically undercounted were motivated to fill out their census forms for an accurate count.
Undercounted groups include:
- College students
- People experiencing homelessness
- Apartment dwellers
- Seasonal travelers (Snowbirds)
- People in rural areas
- Black, Indigenous, People of Color
Data used in the redistricting process to create new map boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts will be released in August and September.