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Census Updates
Updated 8/10/20
We Count
Adjustments Made to the 2020 Census because  of COVID-19

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to evaluate its operational plans to collect and process 2020 Census data. Today, we are announcing updates to our plan that will include enumerator awards and the hiring of more employees to accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020, as required by law and directed by the Secretary of Commerce. The Census Bureau’s new plan reflects our continued commitment to conduct a complete count, provide accurate apportionment data, and protect the health and safety of the public and our workforce. 

  • Complete Count: A robust field data collection operation will ensure we receive responses from households that have not yet self-responded to the 2020 Census.
    • We will improve the speed of our count without sacrificing completeness. As part of our revised plan, we will conduct additional training sessions and provide awards to enumerators in recognition of those who maximize hours worked. We will also keep phone and tablet computer devices for enumeration in use for the maximum time possible.
    • We will end field data collection by September 30, 2020. Self-response options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing. Under this plan, the Census Bureau intends to meet a similar level of household responses as collected in prior censuses, including outreach to hard-to-count communities. More information can be found here.

An accurate census count is critical for Minnesota counties. Billions of federal funding dollars and future congressional representation will be based on census figures.

As you know, county leaders play a critical role in forming and participating in Complete Count Committees. Below, you will a list of resources to support counties as the 2020 Census approaches.

Statewide Webinar Event
As the 2020 Census moves into a new phase of operations with in-person household visits beginning Aug. 11, what will the role of local governments and complete count committees be? The League partnered with the Association of Minnesota Counties and the Minnesota Association of Townships for a free webinar recorded live on Aug. 13 to help answer your census questions! Speakers from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Minnesota State Demographic Center provide overall context for the census, explain the role of the demographic center, and review tools available to local governments that will help you engage residents during these critical final months.

Statewide Livestream Event

This event is highly recommended for Complete Count Committee members as well as local leaders supporting the 2020 Census. It is jointly offered on behalf of the Minnesota State Demographic Center, the Minnesota Service Cooperatives, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota School Boards Association, and the Minnesota Association of Townships.


Questions or Need Help? Reach out to the Minnesota State Demographic Office team today.