Census 2020

What is the Census?

A count of the US population that takes place once every ten years. It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Why is it important?

It determines congress seats and how more than $675B in funds are distributed and spent on things like roads, hospitals and clinics, schools, fire departments.

How is this year different?

This will be the first year with online response. Which will be the preferred method of response. Website will be mobile friendly and can be answered a computer, tablet or smart phone.

What to expect

    • You should have received a mailer with a 12-digit ID
    • Visit my2020census.gov
    • log in using the 12-digit census ID from materials received in the mail
    • Confirm your address, name, and telephone number
    • count how many people are living or staying at that address (April 1 is the reference date that they use, but if you spend most of your time in Cavalier County even if not on April 1, please get counted here!)
    • Then they will ask a series of questions relating to home ownership; name, age, race and ethnicity of people living in your home;
    • don’t use forward or back buttons in your browser. use only the next button after each question
    • you must complete the census in one session. if you leave and come back you will have to start over
    • When you complete the census you will get a confirmation page and confirmation number.  You may want to keep a copy of this for your records.
  • If you complete in April you should be able to avoid a visit by census personal to your house.


If you did not get a 12-digit ID

The census does not mail items to PO Boxes. And due to COVID-19 they have pulled in person visits. So many county residents who only have a PO Box did not receive their packets. In addition, many residents who used to have a PO Box but now don’t are still not receiving their mailings.  (because address canvasing was not complete at the time the employees are pulled)

Those people can still respond:


  1. Visit https://2020census.gov
  2. Click on take the census
  3. Click on start questionnaire
  4. Below the box to enter the 12 digit ID is a small link that says If you do not have a Census ID, click here.
  5. Click on that link and follow instructions


  1. Call 1-844-330-2020
  2. Say “representative” at the menu

How long does it take?

About ten minutes

Other important things to note:

-your information is confidential and used only for the census

– the US Census will never ask for your full social security number

Who is on the local Complete Count Committee?

RoxAnne Hoffarth – co-chair

Shannon Duerr- co-chair

Greg Goodman, representing Cavalier County Commission and Milton/Osnabrock area

Daren Christianson, representing Cavalier County Schools

Kathy Downs, representing social services

Jeff Stanley, representing Cavalier County Health Care and Services

Karrie Mikksesen, representing senior services

Kyle Moen, representing Nekoma area

We would still like a representative from the Munich area and possible the Calvin/Sarles/Hannah area. If you know of anyone who would be interested please have the contact Shannon at 256-3475 or RoxAnne at 256-2155.


Current Response Rates

Area Date
3/27/2020 3/30/2020
Cavalier County 29.9% 29.9% 34.0%
Langdon City. 36.8% 36.8% 41.5%
Alsen 30.8% 30.8% 34.6%
Milton City. 17% 17.0% 23.4%
Nekoma City 9% 9.0% 11.6%
Osnabrock City 9% 9.0% 14.1%
Sarles 4.3% 4.3% 4.3%
Munich City 3% 3.4% 4.3%


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