Census 2020 Complete Count Committee

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade a count-or census-is taken of America's population. The body who is charge of this feat is the U.S. Census Bureau. The census provides vital information for you and the community.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.

Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on the data. This year will be the first year individuals will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail.

The City of Edina has established a volunteer committee to help support and do outreach on the 2020 Census!

Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place!

Mission: Foster Community preparedness; inspire and support actions by individuals and community groups, with special focus on Hard to Count communities, to work toward a fair and accurate census in 2020.

Goals/Objectives:

  • CCC members will strive for 100% count participation
  • Develop intentional relationships with the hard to count (HTC) communities.
  • Develop awareness and trust of the methodology, importance, and benefits of the 2020 census.









The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade a count-or census-is taken of America's population. The body who is charge of this feat is the U.S. Census Bureau. The census provides vital information for you and the community.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.

Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on the data. This year will be the first year individuals will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail.

The City of Edina has established a volunteer committee to help support and do outreach on the 2020 Census!

Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place!

Mission: Foster Community preparedness; inspire and support actions by individuals and community groups, with special focus on Hard to Count communities, to work toward a fair and accurate census in 2020.

Goals/Objectives:

  • CCC members will strive for 100% count participation
  • Develop intentional relationships with the hard to count (HTC) communities.
  • Develop awareness and trust of the methodology, importance, and benefits of the 2020 census.









  • Answering 10 census questions helps ensure full representation

    4 days ago

    The U.S. Census is conducted once every 10 years to obtain an official count of the entire U.S. population, tallying everyone living in the country, citizens and non-citizens alike, on Census Day, April 1, 2020. The results of that day’s count will also determine how many representatives each state will have in the U.S. Congress for the next 10 years.

    Minnesota lost its 10th representative in Congress in 1930, lost its ninth representative in 1960, almost lost its eighth representative in 2010, and is at risk of losing a representative in 2020. How can residents help keep Minnesota fully and...

    The U.S. Census is conducted once every 10 years to obtain an official count of the entire U.S. population, tallying everyone living in the country, citizens and non-citizens alike, on Census Day, April 1, 2020. The results of that day’s count will also determine how many representatives each state will have in the U.S. Congress for the next 10 years.

    Minnesota lost its 10th representative in Congress in 1930, lost its ninth representative in 1960, almost lost its eighth representative in 2010, and is at risk of losing a representative in 2020. How can residents help keep Minnesota fully and fairly represented in Congress? Commit to be counted on Census Day.

    Answering the 2020 U.S. Census will be quick and easy. Every household in the U.S. is required to answer only 10 questions. They include how many people are living in the household, how they are related to each other, each person’s sex, age, race and whether the dwelling they share is owned or rented.

    The American Community Survey – basis for planning and funding

    Before 2005, the U.S. Census came in two versions, a short form and a long form. Most households were asked to answer the short form; a sample of households was asked to answer the long form, with more questions about education, employment and housing.

    In 2005, the long form was replaced by the American Community Survey. That survey is conducted every year, collecting more detailed information on housing, population, and the economy from a sample of U.S. households, amounting to about 3 million addresses each year.

    The up-to-date information gathered by the American Community Survey is essential to understanding the social and economic needs of communities – for schools, roads, hospitals and emergency services. The data is used as the basis for policy decisions and spending by local, state and federal governments.

    Because the American Community Survey is conducted every year, including census years, a fraction of U.S. households will be asked to respond to that survey and to the U.S. Census.

    Participation required and protected by law

    Because the information gathered is so important, participation in the American Community Survey and the U.S. Census is required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code), and both must be completed.

    Participation in the American Community Survey and the U.S. Census is also protected by law. Answers are confidential. Individual answers are not released to the public for 72 years.

    How you can help

    Volunteers in Edina and other cities are working as Complete Count Committees to develop awareness and trust of the methodology, importance and benefits of the 2020 U.S. Census.

    The Edina Complete Count Committee is looking for community partners to share information with their friends and colleagues, and in their neighborhoods, apartment and condominium buildings and faith communities. Anyone able to volunteer is asked to contact Complete Count Committee Chairman Mark Felton, available at markfeltoncpa@feltonforensics.com or 612-490-1940.

    For those seeking paid employment, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring. Census workers are paid weekly (including during training) and reimbursed for work-related expenses. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen with a valid Social Security number and email address. To apply, click on “Apply Now” at 2020census.gov/jobs.


  • Complete Count Committee Update

    about 1 month ago

    The Edina Complete Count Committee continues to meet and work towards a complete census count in Edina come April 2020.

    Edina's Complete Count Committee has received a $750.00 grant from the Minneapolis foundation to help with digital organizing, outreach to residents in high-density housing and help their efforts to target historically under counted communities.

    The Complete Count Committee is working on identifying contacts in multi-unit buildings to assist in sharing information and to help mobilize come March and April. The committee is creating packets of information that can be distributed and modified to target different hard to count populations.

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    The Edina Complete Count Committee continues to meet and work towards a complete census count in Edina come April 2020.

    Edina's Complete Count Committee has received a $750.00 grant from the Minneapolis foundation to help with digital organizing, outreach to residents in high-density housing and help their efforts to target historically under counted communities.

    The Complete Count Committee is working on identifying contacts in multi-unit buildings to assist in sharing information and to help mobilize come March and April. The committee is creating packets of information that can be distributed and modified to target different hard to count populations.

    Click here to read an article written by Edina's CCC on the upcoming 2020 Census.

    Click here to read an article written by Edina's CCC on how snowbirds are counted in the Census.



  • 2020 is a Census Year!

    3 months ago

    2020 is a Census year! Learn more about work being done by Edina's Complete Count Committee in this Sun Current Article:

    https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_current/free/edina-prepares-for-census/article_93ef8ce0-cf27-11e9-afff-a37181b13fb6.html


    2020 is a Census year! Learn more about work being done by Edina's Complete Count Committee in this Sun Current Article:

    https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_current/free/edina-prepares-for-census/article_93ef8ce0-cf27-11e9-afff-a37181b13fb6.html


  • Creating a Mission & Goals

    9 months ago
    Ccc

    The committee had their first meeting following training last week! The agenda was full and there were great conversations. The committee has agreed to meet on the following dates:

    • March 26th
    • April 9th
    • April 23rd
    • May 7th
    • May 21st
    The committee worked on drafting their mission, goals and objectives. They will vote on those at the March 26th Meeting. The complete count committee is working on promoting the League of Women Voters Edina event on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at Edina City Hall. The Minnesota State Demographic Center will speak at the event about...

    The committee had their first meeting following training last week! The agenda was full and there were great conversations. The committee has agreed to meet on the following dates:

    • March 26th
    • April 9th
    • April 23rd
    • May 7th
    • May 21st
    The committee worked on drafting their mission, goals and objectives. They will vote on those at the March 26th Meeting. The complete count committee is working on promoting the League of Women Voters Edina event on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at Edina City Hall. The Minnesota State Demographic Center will speak at the event about the 2020 Census and why it matters.
  • The Team

    9 months ago
    Census 2020

    The following individuals have been appointed by City Manager Scott Neal to serve on the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee (CCC).

    • Mark Felton (chair)
    • Joni Bennett
    • Kate Agnew
    • Michelle Freese
    • Preet Anand
    • Colleen Feige
    • Andy Otness
    • Arnie Bigbee

    Emily Bodeker, Assistant City Planner, & MJ Lamon, Community Engagement Coordinator will serve as the staff liaisons to the CCC.


    The 2020 Census Complete Count Committee will train on Monday, March 4 by the State Demographer.

    The following individuals have been appointed by City Manager Scott Neal to serve on the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee (CCC).

    • Mark Felton (chair)
    • Joni Bennett
    • Kate Agnew
    • Michelle Freese
    • Preet Anand
    • Colleen Feige
    • Andy Otness
    • Arnie Bigbee

    Emily Bodeker, Assistant City Planner, & MJ Lamon, Community Engagement Coordinator will serve as the staff liaisons to the CCC.


    The 2020 Census Complete Count Committee will train on Monday, March 4 by the State Demographer.