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2020 Census: What you need to know

Post Date:02/25/2020 6:49 AM

1. Every 10 years, the Census counts every person who lives in the United States and its territories. This provides a snapshot of our nation – who we are, where we live and so much more. Beginning in March, every address in Savage will receive an invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 census. The census is about 10 questions long and takes about 10 minutes to complete. You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children. You can respond online, by phone or by mail.

2. Everyone counts! This includes babies, immigrants, students, renters, “snowbirds,” group home residents and anyone else living in Savage. The state estimates each person not counted in the census could result in a loss of $28,000 in federal funds, which are distributed based on population. That money funds schools, roads, and other public services. Results are also used to adjust or redraw congressional districts based on where populations have increased or decreased. This could impact the number of seats Minnesota will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

3. Your privacy is protected. It is against the law for the U.S. Census Bureau to release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics. Any data you share is safe, secure and protected for 72 years! 

For more information, visit 2020CENSUS.GOV.

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