Each decade, the U.S. Census strives to count every person living in the United States. It is vital for everyone living in Michigan on April 1, 2020 – or anyone who spends at least 50 percent of their time in Michigan – to be counted as living in Michigan on the 2020 U.S. Census.
An accurate census count is critical as it determines how much funding Michigan communities will receive for essential services through 2030 such as police, fire departments, health care, education, roads and infrastructure.
In 2016, Michigan received nearly $30 billion in federal funding, including:
• $1.1 billion for highway planning and construction
• $16 billion for health programs
• $5 billion for education
• $2.3 billion for food assistance programs
• $694.3 million for housing assistance
Completing the census is easy and the questions are simple. You will be asked how many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020; whether the home is owned or rented; the sex, age and race of each person in your home and their relationship to you.
So, what can you do to help ensure a successful and accurate 2020 Census count?
First, be counted! By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online; you can even respond from your mobile device. Responding by phone or mail will also continue to be options.
Second, help spread the word to your family members, friends and neighbors that responding to the census is vital to Michigan’s future success. For more information about the 2020 U.S. Census, visit https://my2020census.gov/.