Census 2020 is among the most important near-term events that every community, county and tribe in the state will face as it will impact North Dakota for an entire decade. The next census will be conducted on April 1, 2020. The goal of each census is to count the entire population of the country, and count each person in the correct location. Location is important, because the census count is used to determine the distribution of political power and federal funds to each state in the nation for the next 10 years. Not counting everyone in the state will impact North Dakota in the end. For instance, if the census in North Dakota was off by only 0.1 percent, it would cost the state approximately $15 million, which equates to $19,100 per every missed resident. In this month's featured article, Kevin Iverson, Manager of the North Dakota Census Office at the Department of Commerce highlights information regarding the upcoming Census 2020 and stresses the importance of counting every North Dakota resident as it can have significant impacts on the state.