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Why the Census Matters to College Students
Minnesota Could Be a Big Loser in 2020
How Confidential is the Census?
Welcome to the 2020 Census

Did You Know?

  • In FY2016, Minnesota received $15,459,175,947 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. -- Source: GW Institute of Public Policy
  • Minnesota is on the verge of losing representation in the U.S. Congress. Watch Minnesota Could Be a Big Loser in 2020 to find out how the census determines political representation and why Minnesotans are at risk of losing a representative.
  • Statistics from the 2020 Census will impact funding for critical college student programs including:
    • School safety
    • Mental health services
    • Student wellness programs
    • Federal Pell Grant Program
    • Adult education grants
    • Agriculture, science, and engineering education
    • Medicaid
  • Learn more about the 2020 Census Impact in Your Community, including vital programs affected by census data. 
Learn About the 2020 Census
The data collection phase of the 2020 Census ended on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruption provided significant challenges to data collection.The Census Bureau had to delay field operations and extend their data collection deadline. Visit the Census 2020 website for data updates and reports.

Census 2020 Self-Response Rates Map
"Minnesota finished with the number 1 overall self-response rate with 75.1% of Minnesota households responding to the census on their own. This is a full 1% above our 2010 self-response rate and 2.7% above 2nd place Washington State and, more importantly, 2.9% above 3rd place Wisconsin."

The 2020 Census at a Glance
Outlines the 2020 Census process and timeline.

We Count MN
Find information, resources, and tools on the 2020 Census from the State of Minnesota. 

The 2020 Census and Confidentiality Fact Sheet
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics--they cannot be used against you in any way.

Counting College Students Fact Sheet
If you live in student housing on or off campus, the Census Bureau will work with Residential Life to get your census data. Even if you are away from campus because of  COVID-19, you will be counted at the student housing where you usually live. 

Minnesota State Demographic Center
Explore demographic data and analysis for the state of Minnesota.
Complete the 2020 Census
2020 Census Questionnaire 
  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
Questions about completing the census? University Library is a registered Questionnaire Assistance Center. Please email us at  

Important Census Information for SCSU Students pdf (pdf with links)

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