Ramsey County and the 2020 Census

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The U.S. Constitution requires a count (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.

There will be no citizenship question on the 2020 Census. 

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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.

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Job opportunities

The U.S. Census Bureau needs to hire 45,000 census takers in Minnesota. Diverse candidates and candidates who know locally significant languages (Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Oromo, Amharic, Karen and Vietnamese) are encouraged to apply. Shifts are flexible with full-time, part-time, weekend and evening shifts available. Census takers earn $16.50 in Ramsey County. 

If selected for a job interview, you may be contacted by phone or email.

View job opportunities at 2020census.gov.

 

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Key hiring dates What to expect from U.S. Census Bureau
Sept. 2019 - Feb. 2020 Recruit for census takers.
Jan. - April 2020 Make job offers and conduct background checks.
March - April 2020 Census taker training.
March - July 2020 Anticipated work timeframe.

 

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