2020 Census and American Community Survey


The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership (the Partnership) is a cross-sector collaboration of organizations and individuals working together to advocate for policies and resources and engage Minnesotans to achieve the goal of fully inclusive, honest and accurate 2020 Census in Minnesota.  Join the Partnership.

The Partnership's next meeting is March 2 - 10 am to Noon at MCF. Click for info

To get regular federal and state Census policy updates, check out MCF's Policy in Focus.

The remaining MN Census Mobilization Partnership meetings in 2018 will be June 1, September 7 and December 7 from 9am to 11am.



Local governments need to be assembling the address lists for the 2020 Census right now. They have until March 2018 to complete the task of reporting addresses to the Census Bureau's LUCA process. If a person's address doesn't get on the Census Bureau's list; they will not be asked to participate in the 2020 Census. Localities and counties need a nudge. Contact your local or county officials to ask them what they are doing to participate in the LUCA process? Check to see if your locality has signed up to participate in LUCA.


Congress is short-changing the Census. Important tests are being cancelled, essential communication tools are not getting developed in a timely manner, and staffing levels are well below what is needed. We are calling upon Congress and the Administration to boost their proposed budgets for 2018 by $300 million so the Census can get on track. Check with The Census Project for more information. Then contact members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation.

Powerful Action Tools

Minnesota had the second higest reponse rate in the country for the 2010 Census. Good Minnesotans did their duty and quickly filled out hteir Census forms. But, the response rate was not the same throughout the state. Learn about what parts of the state, which tribal communities, and the counties or localities that had lower response rates. Census 2010 Report Rates Map

To reach our goal of a fully-inclusive and accurate Count in 2020 we need to know how  to reach those who may be less likely to participate in the Census. Learn about who may be hard to count by state, Congressional district, tribal community, legislative district, county or locality. Census Hard to Count Map


  • The Case for the Census.  Learn about MCF's public policy position in support of the Census/ACS.
  • Legislative Action.  The Partnership is advocating at both the federal and state levels to support policies and to secure essential funding. Learn about where things stand in Washington, DC and in Saint Paul
  • Community Action. If you just want to get information to stay in the loop or if you want to have a seat at the table to help plan our efforts, joining the Partnership is the step to take.
  • Resources. Useful resources to help you understand what's happening with the Census/ACS; all in one place.



The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership is convened by Minnesota Council on Foundations, MACS2020 and Common Cause Minnesota.


Contact us by email or by phone at 612.338.1989.

MCF's work on the Census and ACS is supported by a grant from The Joyce Foundation.

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