Census information

This page holds important information on the 2020 Census.



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 is also on hand to assist with questions and concerns.

The 2020 Census count concluded on October 15.

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:

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.

Citizenship question

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.

Privacy protection

By law, the Census Bureau is required to keep all of the information that is submitted confidentially. 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

View a sample 2020 Census form

View all 2020 Census Mailings and Envelopes

City of Minneapolis Census staff

Alberder Gillespie, 2020 Census Operations and Engagement Coordinator, Alberder.Gillespie@minneapolismn.gov

Katie Lauer, 2020 Census Outreach Coordinator, Katie.Lauer@minneapolismn.gov

Chelsea McFarren, 2020 Census Communications Coordinator, Chelsea.McFarren@minneapolismn.gov

U.S. Census Bureau information line: 301-763-3030