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Amid concern of funding shortfall, Hennepin County urges residents to fill out 2020 Census

Federal funding and a congressional seat are on the line.

The 2020 Census deadline is a month away, and officials in Hennepin County want to make sure everyone is counted, especially communities who are historically at risk for being undercounted. 

Officials in Minneapolis and Hennepin County held a news conference Monday encouraging residents to fill out their Census to make sure there's a complete count of people in Minnesota, especially since Hennepin County is the largest county in the state and is home to one-third of the state's Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities. These communities are often among those who are undercounted in the census. 

"We urge everyone to be counted so that we achieve a fully inclusive and accurate 2020 census in Minnesota," the county said in a news release.

Not getting a complete count of people living in Minnesota could reduce how much federal funding the state gets and could result in the loss of one of Minnesota's congressional seats. 

Currently, census takers are in Hennepin County following up with households who have yet to fill out their census, but the county says there is some indication that the field operation may be ending soon (it is expected to end on Sept. 30, earlier than usual), despite "a number of non-response households" that haven't received a visit from a census taker. 

Minnesota has had a history of being No. 1 in the U.S. in the self-response phase of the census, but now it is in 12th place in total response with the Census Bureau's enumeration efforts, the county notes.

Minnesota still has a low non-response follow-up rate, which is at about 12.1%, according to the county. Other states’ rates are as high as 33%.

If you haven't filled out your census, you can do so by visiting my2020census.gov or calling 1-844-330-2020. You can also text questions to 662020. Hennepin County's census website has other resources.

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