Every 10 years, the U.S. Census endeavors to count everyone living in the country. The process gathers extensive data on communities, including population trends, growth projections, demographics, and much more. To make sure everyone in Eagan is counted, fill out your census online, by phone or mail.
The resulting count will guide the distribution of funding to Minnesota’s communities, 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.
Find more information on the City of Eagan’s efforts on the 2020 Census as we make updates here throughout the process. And view a census flyer from Dakota County on impacts.
Everyone in Eagan Counts!
It’s everywhere. Information and reminders to be sure every person gets counted in the upcoming United States Census. But why does it matter?
The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned.
It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important.
Understanding the Census
Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation’s founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial (every 10 years) census in the Constitution. Easy and Convenient In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.
Confidential and Secure
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business.
Census Bureau employees are required to handle data confidentially and responsibly to keep your information private. It’s the law.
No law enforcement agency including DHS, ICE, the FBI, or the CIA can access or use census data at any time.
Information collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.
The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data. To make sure everyone in Eagan is counted, fill out your census online, by phone or mail.
When can I respond to the 2020 Census?
Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Visit census.gov for more. Updates about Eagan and the 2020 Census will be posted here regularly so check back.
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