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Minnesota is better when everyone counts

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The Census: Why it Matters

Every 10 years the U.S. Census completes a count of all persons who reside in the United States. The Census count begins April 1, 2020.

Your participation in the Census provides important information that impacts funding, services and programs for your community and the state of Minnesota. The results of the Census count will guide the distribution of billions of dollars to Minnesota’s communities, determine political representation for the next decade, and provide data that shapes how Minnesota’s policymakers and business leaders decide to invest public and private resources.

For each person NOT counted in 2020, the community and state lose money – $15,320 for one person over 10 years! That means less funds available for education, transportation, housing and health of Minnesotan residents.

Earn extra income while helping your community

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country for a variety of temporary jobs to assist with the 2020 Census count. You can apply to be a census taker, recruiting assistant, office staff or supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates can learn more about the application process, review job qualifications and apply for positions here.

Check out why it’s important, view the Census timeline and learn how to get involved at the State of Minnesota’s Census page.

For more information about Minnesota 2020 Census outreach and education efforts, contact Joan Miltenberger, Public Policy Advocate at or 651-647-2586.

Amanda Horner
Amanda Horner
Senior Communications Manager at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
I drive the development of Catholic Charities' key stakeholder outreach strategy, manage oversight of public messaging, media relations, external web and social media development and content, and agency-wide materials.

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