With the U.S. Census set to take place next year, the city of Edina has formed a group to make sure everyone is counted.

Edina’s Complete County Committee, following its mission of fostering community preparedness for the census, plans to submit a series of explanatory articles to the Sun Current as it aims for a 100% count of those living in the city on April 1, 2020. This is the first of those articles.

The following information from the Complete Count Committee outlines the basics of the census.

Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a count of all residents of the United States every decade.

Who: Every resident living in the U.S. on April 1 counts. While there was discussion of including a citizenship question, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on June 27 there will not be a citizenship question. Citizens, non-citizens, those experiencing homelessness, children, babies – everyone residing in the U.S. on April 1, 2020, counts.

What: The census is used to determine:

• How federal funds will be distributed to states and local governments

• The number of U.S. House representatives each state has in Congress

• Business investment based on population

When: In March, each residence – house, apartment, condominium – will receive a postcard or letter with an online link and phone number to submit census information.

On April 1, everyone living in that residence is to be reported and counted. Names are not required. Count all people living in the residence – family or not. One person can report for every person living there and this can be done online or over the phone in select languages. If that residence does not report by mid-April, a paper census form will be sent in the mail.

If that is not returned, a census person will visit the residence to get the information. Everyone counts and individual census information cannot be shared with any other federal, state or local government entity for 72 years.

Keep watching the Sun Current and online at EdinaMN.gov for more information the Complete Count Committee’s efforts to make sure everyone is counted.

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