Census 2020: Take the Pledge on January 11
1/6/2020 Brittney Marschall, Policy, Analysis and Communications

We Count 2020, Olmsted County's Census Logo
Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government completes a census count of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. The next federal census is April 1, 2020. 

“A complete and accurate census count is essential for Minnesota and the well-being of our community. Minnesota could potentially lose millions of dollars in federal funding if we do not get a complete count,” says Sheila Kiscaden, Chair of Olmsted County’s Community Complete Count Committee.

Olmsted County’s Community Complete Count Committee, comprised of community members, business and non-profit leaders, and local government, is planning for the 2020 Census. The committee invites the public to Take the Pledge on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Rochester Public Library from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. During the event you will be invited to sign your name to a pledge form and add it to the pledge wall, committing to filling out your 2020 Census. 

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan and State Demographer Susan Brower will be guest speakers at the event and will discuss the importance of the 2020 census and its impact on Minnesota. During the Take the Pledge event at the library, there will be activities for children, giveaways and light refreshments. 

About the 2020 Census 

Census forms will begin arriving in mid-March 2020 and should be returned no later than Census Day, April 1, 2020. Responses to the census form should include everyone living at that address. There will be four ways to respond: via the internet, over the phone, by mail or in person. Participation in the 2020 Census is easy and important. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to state, local, and tribal governments based on census data. Census data guides local planning decisions, including where to provide additional social services, build new roads, hospitals and schools, and where to locate job-training centers. You can find out more about the 2020 Census at www.census.gov