Minnesota is on the verge of losing representation in the US Congress. During the last Census, Minnesota almost lost what is currently the state’s 8th congressional district, which covers the northeastern corner and includes Duluth. And that could mean that Minnesota might one day have one less congressperson in Washington, D.C., whose job revolves around promoting the best interests of the state.

“If we’re under-counted, then we might be under-represented,” says former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton.

This is one of the reasons why participation in the 2020 census is mission critical for Minnesota.

Wondering why you should fill out the Census and how the information it collects informs our democracy? Check out “Census 101: Get Your Civics On.”

Production Team: Lisa Blackstone, Terry Gray, Robert Hutchings, Jennilee Park, Michael Phillips


This story was created in collaboration with the Minnesota State Demographic Center as part of In It Together.