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" demographic 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.
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.
Help ensure everyone gets counted! Join the Columbia Heights Complete Count Committee
If you or anyone you know is interested in serving as a volunteer on the Complete Count Committee, please contact the Community Development Department at (763) 706-3670 or email email@example.com.
Columbia Heights has been identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as at risk of being an undercounted area. Since the census determines where district lines are drawn and where and how federal and state funding gets distributed, an inaccurate headcount can create negative consequences that ripple through a community for decades.
For more information about the U.S. Census, visit www.census.gov.