What is a “census”? A census counts how many people live in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau does a census every 10 years. This count will determine how many seats Minnesota has in the House of Representatives for the next 10 years. This count will also determine how much money goes to support many different types of programs and services in Minnesota. The census will ask you questions about who lives at your address.
Your answers are confidential. The Census Bureau cannot share details with the White House, the government, ICE, or police officers. All census takers are bound by law to protect confidentiality. The law says the details must remain confidential for 72 years. After 72 years, census records are made public. Old census records are a popular tool for people researching the history of their own families.
The census will ask you these questions:
How many people live in your home?
Do you own your home or rent?
What are the genders of the people in your home?
How old is each person in your home?
What is the race of each person in your home?
Are any people in your home of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
How are the people in your home related to you?
The census will NOT ask you to report your citizenship status.
The census will NOT ask you for your social security number or bank account information.
The census will NOT ask you about your political beliefs.
The census will NOT ask you for money.
Why is it important to be counted in the census? First, the numbers determine how many representatives Minnesota has in the House of Representatives. The numbers also determine state legislative district boundaries and school district boundaries.
The numbers also help shape how over $675 million dollars in federal funding will be spent. This includes spending on housing programs, education, and programs that support families. Local government and businesses also use census statistics to decide where to open new stores, hospitals, or improve transportation.
How you can be sure you are counted? Our next video will explain how the census will take place, and tell you about important community events to learn more about the census. Make sure you are counted!
Both DHHSD and MNCDHH will continue to share information about the U.S. Census as we learn more. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow our websites, newsletter, and social media.
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