Planning & Development

Census 2020

Census Updates


  • Respond to your Census by October 31st
  • There’s still time to respond online or by phone 844-330-2020

Non-response follow-up:

  • Census takers are out knocking on doors to follow-up with households who haven’t responded to their Census yet.
  • Info on what to expect and how to identify legitimate Census takers:
  • Census responses are tracked by address, so if you have moved since April, Census workers may come to your home even if you already filled out your Census. Your current home may have been vacant in April or the people who lived there did not fill out their Census. Please let the Census worker know this. 
  • Please use this form to report any issues that either you or members of your community experience with 2020 Census Bureau Enumerators:

What does the Census ask?

  • There is no citizenship question on the Census
  • Everyone who lives in the United States, regardless of their citizenship status, should be counted in the Census
  • The Census asks for very basic demographic information: the number of people living in your household and each person’s age, sex, race, and ethnicity, and if you rent or own the home you live in. Information on why each question is asked:

Be Counted

We are proud to have teamed up with DanSan Creatives and a group of local artists who wrote a song and produced a music video in English, Spanish, and Ojibwe. The song is called “Let it Shine” and has very powerful message about how everyone counts and everyone can be a voice for their community! Remember: there is power in your existence. Be seen, be heard, and be counted by filling out the 2020 Census today. Check out the video below!  

*Be sure to turn on your captions so that you can see the three languages represented in the video.

Census Jobs

If you worked as a Census taker this fall, the Minnesota State Demographic Center is conducting a survey about your experiences being hired, trained, and working for the Census Bureau. The Demographic Center will use your input to provide feedback to the U.S. Census Bureau as it pertains to the non-response follow-up (NRFU) process. They will not be sharing the personal information of those who respond to the survey, and respondents have the option to fill-out the survey anonymously, should they wish to do so. Fill out the survey here:

The U.S. Census Bureau is required by the U.S. Constitution to conduct a count of all persons. The City of Duluth is committed to ensuring every resident is counted. Federal and state funding is allocated to communities, and decisions are made on matters of national and local importance based, in part, on census data. Census data helps determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and is necessary for the accurate and fair redistricting of state legislative seats, county and city councils, and voting districts. Information from the 2020 Census and American Community Survey are vital tools for economic development and increased employment. The information collected by the census is confidential and protected by law.



America is changing fast, and the 2020 Census will determine how more than $800 billion in federal funding is allocated each year. The census is critical for figuring out what our communities need to be healthier, safer and more successful. We have to make sure everyone is counted, and we have to start preparing now.

The state of Minnesota receives over $8.4 billion annually from large Federal assistance programs that use Census data to allocate funding. The City of Duluth is committed to the U.S. Census Bureau's count due to its importance on several key issues facing the City, including:

  • Duluthians receiving the federal resources, as determined by an accurate count, for health care, education, nutrition, housing, and transportation
  • Having an accurate understanding of key social, economic, and demographic conditions to make the choices necessary to address our challenges and improve our community
  • Ensuring that political districts are drawn accurately and Duluthians are fairly represented at federal, state, and local levels

Informational handouts:

Duluth Complete Count Committee

Census Complete Count Committees (CCCs) help assure a complete count in the upcoming Census 2020 so our community receives its fair share of congressional and legislative representation as well as our proper share of federal and state funding for programs that serve our area. Duluth's CCC is comprised of highly regarded representatives and trusted voices from different sectors of our community. The CCC will plan and implement focused projects that help to increase the response rate of our residents.

The Duluth CCC was officially created by a City Council Resolution. CCC members are appointed by the Mayor and represent a broad range of community members and interests. The first meeting of the CCC was held on April 1, 2019 to celebrate one year out from Census Day 2020. The Duluth CCC has over 100 members representing more than 75 local organizations.

CCC Meetings

The CCC held several in-person meeting during 2019 and early 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCC has refocused to more online engagement and amplification of Census information via personal and organizational networks. 


The Community Partners Toolkit is a communications resource for partner organizations who want spread the word about the importance of the Census and advertise Census jobs. Click to view and download the Community Partners Toolkit. It contains sample language for social media, emails, and talking points for interviews. It also contains graphics and logos as well as flyers and informational sheets.