Preparing for the 2020 Census

Preparing for the 2020 Census
Posted on 01/06/2020
The city of New Hope is encouraging all residents to participate in the 2020 Census. New Hope has a fair amount of housing that is part of historically undercounted communities, including multi-family, renter occupied, senior living facilities, and residents with English as a second language.

General Timeline
• Now: Residents seeking part time employment are encouraged to review job opportunities at
• March 2020: Residents will receive an advance letter, reminder card, and questionnaire or link to a questionnaire. Residents are encouraged to self-respond by web, phone, or mail. A paper questionnaire will only be sent to households that do not respond.
• April 1, 2020: Census Day.
• Through August 2020: U.S. Census staff will be attempting to reach those who did not respond in person.

Why is the Census Important?
• Determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
• Minnesota said to be at risk of losing a congressional seat this year.
• Helps redraw district boundaries.
• Impacts how $600 billion in federal funding is distributed each year.
• At least $1,532 per person is allocated by the federal government to Minnesota each year.
• Impacts civil rights enforcement through fair housing laws and other legislation.
• Impacts community planning for transportation, education, health and safety, and disaster response.

How Are Individuals Counted
• The count is based on where people are living on Census Day (assuming it is where they live most of the time).
• Students: counted at dorm or off-campus housing if that is where they live.
• Snowbirds: counted where they live most of the time.
• Homeless: counted where they live and sleep most of the time, or on Census Day.

Identifying Census Employees
• Residents can verify that individuals who approach their homes are census employees by noting that representatives must:
• Must present display badge with photo, Department of Commerce watermark, expiration date.
• Will provide supervisor contract information and/or regional office phone, if requested.
• Will provide letter from Director on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead, if requested.
• May be carrying laptop and/or bag with U.S. Census Bureau logo.
• Residents can also verify employees by entering their names into the Census Bureau Staff Search on their website.