Census 2020 - How to Get Involved
The Census serves as a vital foundation of our democracy by and for the people. By counting people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups, regardless of citizenship status, the Census determines our political representation and shapes how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to states and local communities every year. Each year, Minnesota receives about $15 billion from the federal government based on the numbers from the Census, going to essential programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, highway planning and construction.
Sadly, many government watchdogs have still predicted that the 2020 Census is at high risk of performing below expectations. In Hennepin County, up to 23% of residents are at risk of being undercounted in the Census. However, there are ways that we in our local communities can get involved and help the outcome.
The Census Bureau is currently hiring hundreds of people across Minnesota for a variety of temporary census-related positions. In Hennepin County, these positions will pay at a rate of $27.50/hour. You can find more information about Census jobs, and how to apply, at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.
95% of households will receive their Census information in the mail. Everyone will then have the option to respond to the questionnaire online, by mail, or by phone. The Census Bureau will begin soliciting survey responses and verifications starting in March and will continue following up until September 2020. More information about the Census timeline can be found here.
The Census relies on community partnerships to help coordinate outreach and organization efforts and secure a complete and accurate count. Complete Count Committees (CCCs), established by local governments or community leaders to increase awareness about the Census, are an integral part of the process. Committee members work to engage communities and promote Census participation – especially in historically undercounted areas. It is important that we not only organize and inform ourselves throughout this critical process, but that we also do our part to help those who face higher barriers in accessing their constitutional rights. One way to do this is by partnering with CCCs in your community to identify where historically undercounted communities are located in your area. You can find out more about what a Committee does, and how to start one in your community, here. You can also use this interactive map to find which areas of Minnesota have participated at higher or lower rates in the past two Census counts.