U.S. Census Partnership


North Dakota has a number of opportunities to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure that our state is properly counted for the 2020 Census and other activities that directly impact our state.

What are we trying to accomplish by working with the U.S. Census Bureau?

Check out this map which shows the differences between incorporated city boundaries from the Census Bureau and the incorporated city boundaries from the ND DOT (via the GIS Hub).  Either zoom/pan to the city of interest or use the search bar in the upper left to enter the name of a city. For example, type in:  Mott, ND.  In the near future these differences need to be eliminated and the city boundary data needs to be correct and kept current to ensure that the U.S. Census Bureau has accurate population counts. Additional benefits of having accurate and maintained city boundaries include:

  • First responders are properly deployed in Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Legislative re-districting is correct
  • Cities collect accurate sales tax revenue
  • Population-based distribution formulas use decennial census data. However, in the 2015 Legislative Session, NDCC 57-39.2-26.1 was changed so that State Aid (state sales tax) distributions use the most recent or the estimated census data from the U.S. Census Bureau:

3. The state treasurer, for the purpose of making revenue allocations to counties and cities for each quarterly period of the fiscal year under this section, shall determine the population of counties and cities before the first day of the fiscal year using the most recent actual or estimated census data published by the United States census bureau.