2020 Census

2020 Census Logo - Minnesota Outline and statement, "We Count."

The next Census is April 1, 2020 — mark your calendars!

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. Completing the Census is your civic duty, help us to ensure a complete count in Fridley! You can also learn more on the State of Minnesota's 2020 Census website.

Reach out to Alyssa Kruzel, Community Engagement Specialist by email or phone at 763-572-3579 with any questions or concerns regarding the 2020 Census.  

Commit to be Counted! 

Sign up online to receive a reminder when the countdown hits zero and your census forms are available to be completed.

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 $28,000 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.

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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 BetweenYou Will Receive
March 12-20, 2020An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census
March 16-24, 2020A reminder postcard
If you haven't responded
March 26 - April 3, 2020A reminder postcard
April 8-16, 2020A reminder letter and paper questionnaire 
April 20-27, 2020A final reminder postcard
After April 27, 2020In-person follow-up by Census worker