In one year, on April 1, 2020, the decennial census will begin. The results of the 2020 Census will have an enormous impact on residents in Minnesota, especially here in greater Minnesota. In order to help maximize our count locally, the Fergus Falls Complete Count Committee will be working hard to share information and opportunities countywide related to the 2020 census, beginning with job opportunities!

Much help will be needed in Otter Tail County, and the census wants you. Up to 625 temporary jobs need to be filled. These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. Census jobs in Otter Tail County will pay $14 or more with additional reimbursement possible for work-related mileage and expenses. To learn more and apply, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.

The results of the 2020 Census will have a major impact on life in our community. Census data helps determine each state’s representation in Congress as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. During the 2010 Census, Minnesota narrowly missed losing a seat in Congress, maintaining its eighth seat by just 10,000 people. With large population growth in states like Florida and Texas, Minnesota will again be fighting to hold on to its representation with early projections showing Minnesota likely to either maintain or lose one seat. Losing a seat in Congress would mean major redistricting in Minnesota, diluting our community’s political representation.

Federal spending also shifts based on results of the census. An estimated $600 billion is distributed to state and local governments each year on the basis of census data. At least $1,532 per person is allocated by the federal government to Minnesota each year. This translates to $15,320 per person per decade.

Everyone counts in Minnesota. Our communities are strengthened with every count in the census and everyone plays a role! To learn more about the Fergus Falls Complete Count Committee and how you can help, visit ci.fergus-falls.mn.us/census.

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