The 2020 U.S. Census was completed in mid-October, with Minnesota's self-response rate the highest in the nation. Dakota County's response rate was even higher. This was the first Census in history that collected data online and over the phone, rather than relying exclusively on mail-out, mail-back paper forms, and it was a popular change in Dakota County.
- More than 4 of 5 households (83%) in Dakota County responded to the 2020 Census (compared to 3 of 4 households across Minnesota responded).
- Dakota County's 2020 Census response rate was better than in the 2010 Census (79%) and 2000 (82%), despite growth in our population of families that are less likely to participate in the Census: those who are low-income, renters or people of color.
- Among the 3,000+ counties in the U.S., Dakota County residents had the highest response rate for counties of our size or bigger (population 430,000), and we tied for 11th-best response rate among all counties of any population size.
- 9 of 10 Census responses from Dakota County were submitted online from smartphones, tablets or computers.
Census enumerators knocking on doors might have collected data for most of the 33,000 households in Dakota County that didn't respond on their own. That's important, because for each person missed in the Census, Dakota County loses $28,000 per person in federal funding through the coming decade, until the next nationwide Census in 2030.
For more information, please check the Minnesota State Demographer's Office.