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Census 2020

Census Day is April 1, 2020

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau works to count every person in the United States, including everyone living in Minnesota and Olmsted County.

The resulting count will guide the distribution of billions of dollars to our community, determine political representation for the next decade, and provide data that shapes how Minnesota’s policymakers and business leaders decide to invest public and private resources.

United Way of Olmsted County is proud to serve on the Complete Count Committee, a group of local government, non-profit, for profit, and community leader representation who strategize how to make sure everyone in our community is counted in the 2020 Census.


Overall Timeline

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way:


  • January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • March 12 - 20: Households began receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.
  • May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


  • March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.




There are multiple resources to help those who’s main language is not English. There are Language Guides prepared by the US Census that show pictures and step by step instructions to complete the Census. These are available in 59 languages. IMAA is also available to help community members fill out the census, please call them at 507-

 There are also help lines available for community members to answer the census questions in their home language with interpreters over the phone.

The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in the following languages:


Census 101


Your guide to the 2020 Census

One-Page double-sided PDF - Basic information about what the census is and why it matters

Your Guide to the 2020 Census


What you need to know

 8 Page PDF - instructions for completing a paper questionnaire



Questionnaire Assistance Centers are predetermined locations where individuals can fill-out their 2020 Census online and receive assistance from trained staff, if needed. The Minnesota State Demographic Center is collaborating with Minnesota Public Libraries, statewide Complete Count Committees, and other 2020 Census partners to create a network across the state that can provide Minnesotans with the resources and assistance they need to submit their 2020 Census form. Follow this link to find a QAC in your area: