Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count, or a Census, of all individuals living in the United States and the five U.S. territories. The next Census is April 1, 2020—mark your calendars! Help to ensure a complete count in Fridley! You can also learn more on Minnesota State Demographic Center's website.
Commit to be Counted!
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Why is the Census important to Fridley?
Areas of Fridley have been identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as being at risk for being under counted. Getting an accurate count of Fridley’s population is very important for a variety of reasons including making sure Fridley receives appropriate levels of funding and has accurate government representation. An inaccurate count in Fridley can create negative impact felt through the community for decades to come.
Census data collected will be used for:
- Representation: Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the size of voting districts for state and local governments. Minnesota is at risk of losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Funding: Census data guides approximately $589 billion in federal spending allocated to local communities each year, including more than $15 billion distributed to Minnesota communities. Even one missed person could mean forfeiting $15,000 in funding for the next ten years.
- Planning: Census data helps federal, state and local governments plan transportation, schools, hospitals, senior centers, emergency services and other needs to best serve changing demographics.
- Businesses: Census data assists businesses in investing in the community including locating businesses, factories and stores, recruiting employees and conducting market research.
Who gets Counted?
The Census counts every person living in the U.S. only once and according to where they are living or staying on April 1, 2020.
What does that mean for you?
As the Census Bureau advises:
- If you are filling out the census for your household, you should count anyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time.
- It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes: All children who live in your household, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends. Children who split their time between households, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020. Newborn babies, even those who are still in the hospital on April 1, 2020.
Refer to the U.S. Census Bureau website for additional guidance on who to count on your Census forms, and how to approach a variety of special circumstances.
2020 Census Timeline
Every household will have the option of responding to the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. The majority of addresses will receive their census invitation in the mail anytime between March 12-20, 2020. Individuals are encouraged to respond to the Census right away. Additional reminders will be sent in the mail to households that have not responded and, if needed, with an in-person visit at the end of April.
|On or Between||You will Receive|
|March 12-20, 2020||An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census|
|March 16-24, 2020||A reminder postcard|
|If you haven't responded|
|March 26-April 3, 2020||A reminder postcard|
|April 8-16, 2020||A reminder letter and paper questionnaire|
|April 20-27, 2020||A final reminder postcard|
|After April 27, 2020||In person follow up by Census Worker|
Latest Update: Address Canvasing
You may see U.S. Census Bureau workers in your neighborhood conducting address canvassing. Address canvassing is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 12, 2019. This will help ensure that Minnesota gets a complete count in the 2020 Census. Watch this video to learn more!
What is address canvassing?
Address canvassing is the process by which the U.S. Census Bureau validates, corrects, or deletes existing Census Bureau addresses, adds missing addresses, and adds or corrects locations of specific addresses before a decennial census. In previous address canvassing operations, field representatives traversed every road and visited each residential address in the United States. At this time, only select addresses will be canvassed. Census Bureau employees will not be asking for information about individuals but rather about addresses and habitable locations.
How to verify employment
Each temporary decennial Census employee will have an official identification card with the employee’s name, picture, and an expiration date. Regional level staff can be identified by their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card. Both temporary and regional level staff can be identified by their laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on the top, and a black canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo.
Latest Update: American Communities Survey
You may see U.S. Census Bureau workers in your neighborhood or be getting mail from the U.S. Census Bureau about the American Community Survey (ACS). Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau also conducts the American Community Survey (ACS) by randomly sampling 3.5 million households. Unlike the 10-year census, this survey continues all year, every year. Answers are collected to create up-to date statistics used by federal, state, tribal and local leaders to help determine how more than $675 billions in federal and state funds are disturbed. When you respond to the ACS, you are doing your part to help your community receive appropriate levels of funding and ensure decisions in your community are made using the best data available. If residents are selected, they are encouraged to fill out the ACS as well as the 2020 Census next year. Learn more about the ACS here.
Click here to watch videos to learn more about the 2020 Census!
Interested in helping promote the Census? Join the Fridley Complete Count Committee!
The City of Fridley has established a Complete Count Committee and is still looking for residents and community leaders to join the committee. The group will meet over the next few months to develop a plan and carry out action steps in order to increase awareness and participation in the 2020 Census. If you have questions about the Census or are interested in joining the Complete Count Committee in Fridley reach out to Alyssa Kruzel, Community Engagement Specialist by email or phone at 763-572-3579.
Work for the U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of positions to help with the 2020 Census. To be eligible, you must be 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number and be a U.S. citizen. The pay rate for a census taker position in Hennepin County is $20 per hour. To learn more or apply only, visit the 2020 Census jobs web page at https://census.gov/jobs.