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United States Census 2020

The Constitution mandates a headcount take place every ten years, of everyone residing in the United States. This includes all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the surrounding island areas. People of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens, and non-citizens are to be counted. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

Census tract 515.01 in Columbia Heights has been identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a low response area. This is due to "hard-to-count" demogrraphic make-up, such as college students, renters, and people with disabilities, immigrants/minorities, particularly those with language barriers, senior citizens, and people living in poverty. All these factors contribute to a lower response rate.US_Census_2020

Staff will be working with the Minnesota State Demographers Office and community stakeholders in the coming months to form a Complete Count Committee, which will help organize a public campaign, including events, to raise awareness of the importance of the census process.   

Two Complete Count Committee informational meetings have been scheduled for:

Tue, Mar 5th from 6:30-7:30 pm
City Hall - Conference Room 1 
                 AND
Tue, Mar 19th from 6:30-7:30 pm
City Hall - Conference Room 1

If you or anyone you know is interested in serving as a volunteer on this committe, but are unable to attend one of the informational meetings listed above, please contact the Community Development Department at (763) 706-3670.

For more information about the U.S. Census, visit www.census.gov.