Ramsey County and the 2020 Census
The U.S. Constitution requires a census of all people living in the United States every 10 years.
A complete, accurate census count is necessary for equal political representation, fair distribution of federal and state funding, and sound planning and investment in infrastructure, real estate, business development and public policy.
|2020 dates||What to expect|
|January||Early census counting operations begin.|
|March||Census Bureau sends invitations to all households to respond to the online form.|
|April 1||Census Day.|
|April||Census Bureau sends paper form and reminders to households that haven’t responded online.|
|May - July||Census takers visit households that haven’t yet filled out their online or paper forms.|
An important opportunity
Ramsey County has a wealth of diversity, including diverse racial and ethnic communities, thriving immigrant and refugee communities, a large student population, and many English-language learners.
However, the Census has disproportionately undercounted such communities in the past. Both past and projected response rates show that broad areas of Ramsey County, especially Saint Paul, are at risk of being undercounted. Low-wealth areas are particularly vulnerable. The 2020 Census represents an opportunity to have all our residents counted.