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Crow Wing County reminds residents of census self-response deadline

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Data from the 2020 census will help establish funding levels for the next 10 years for services people are relying on now, such as health care, first-responders, unemployment insurance, small business loans and more. Photo by Enayet Raheem on Unsplash.com

The self-response period and field operations of the 2020 census are ending soon.

Seasonal residents are encouraged to fill out a census form at their temporary location in Crow Wing County with a “0” for the number of residents staying at this location. This will help the Census Bureau’s time and effort in counting full-time residents.

“The residents who responded during our community challenge and throughout the summer have increased our response rate to 53% and there is still work to be done,” Complete Count Committee Chair Nate Rose stated in a news release.

Those who respond now will less likely be visited by a census employee in person. A Census Bureau employee will have an ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

All census takers have been trained in social distancing protocols and will wear masks and follow public health guidelines when in the field.

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The results of the 2020 Census determine how many seats a state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives and how funds will be allocated in communities.

County officials would like to remind everyone that it is safe and easy to respond to the census using these three methods: Online at www.my2020census.gov ; by phone at 844-330-2020; or by mail with a paper questionnaire.

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