Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count or survey those living in the United States and the five U.S. territories. The results of the census help determine congressional representation and federal funding.
Starting the in fall of 2018, City staff began working with neighboring jurisdictions including cities, Ramsey County, the State of Minnesota, and a variety of non-profits and businesses. The City worked as a part of a Complete Count Committee to identify, and ultimately engage with traditionally under-engaged communities to promote the importance of the Census.
In 2019, the City used grant monies to help promote the upcoming Census through social media, online messaging, and print materials, much of the messaging was in coordination with the state. Clearly, all that work paid off for residents of Minnesota…
The Results are in!
On April 26, 2021, the Census Bureau delivered 2020 Census state population counts that will be used for apportionment. During the process, Minnesota was well aware of potentially losing federal funding and representation at the federal level… However, Minnesota was once again a national leader! With a self-response rate of 75.1%, Minnesota led all states and was well above the national average of 67%.
Census data is used for everything from units of government (local to federal) to private business decision making. This includes allocation of federal dollars for things like transportation and education, representation in the House of Representatives, and it helps local units of government strategically plan for the next decade. The Census Bureau has announced more details will be released no later than August of 2021.