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