"Be Counted Michigan 2020

2020 Census: Be Counted

Every ten years a census is taken throughout the United States to count how many people there are and where they are living. This data is used to determine the amount of federal dollars that are allocated to each state and county for resources we all use.

Use this page and the links to the right to learn more about the 2020 Census.

Why the Census is Important

The State of Michigan will receive $1,800 annually for each person counted who is living in Michigan. This funding is used to support important services such as:

  • Medicare & Medicaid
  • Health Centers
  • SNAP & WIC benefits
  • School Lunches
  • Section 8 Housing Vouchers
  • IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
  • Head Start programs
  • Transportation, Roads & Bridges
  • And more . . .

If you want to support these programs in your community, you must be counted!

Unfortunately, it is estimated that the census will only capture 81% of the population. That means Michigan could lose out on nearly 20% of the funding for these vital services. The only way to prevent this from happening is for everyone to participate in the 2020 census and be counted!
The census is only done once every ten years; this is your one opportunity to be counted in those ten years. Once the census is completed, those numbers will determine funding for services in our communities for the next ten years.

In addition to determining the amount of funding allocated for services, census data is also used to determine representation in government at the federal and state level.

How It Works

In March, each household will be receiving a unique identification number in the mail which you will use when completing the census. You can participate online, by phone, or by mail using the ID# you received in the mail. It’s that simple! Some households will receive the actual census in the mail, making it even easier to participate.

The information obtained through the census is completely confidential. Individual census information is NOT shared with the IRS, ICE, law enforcement or anyone else. The information gathered is only used to tabulate numerical data on the overall population.

Watch this video of or Resource Development Director talking to WWMT about the importance of the 2020 Census and the process for participating: