2020 Census

Count Begins in March

Update: The 2020 U.S. Census timeline has been shifted in order to better protect the health and safety of the general public and the U.S. Census Bureau employees during this COVID-19 pandemic. Michiganders now have until October 31, 2020 to respond.

From now through the end of October 2020, Michiganders have the opportunity to respond to the U.S. Census. The census occurs every ten years and matters for Michigan because the population numbers…

  • …determine the state’s representation in Congress for the next decade.
  • …influence the way legislative lines are drawn at the federal and state levels.
  • …inform emergency preparedness and public safety plans across Michigan.
  • …guide how federal funding is distributed to communities for local needs.

Did you know? In Fiscal Year 2016, Michigan received almost $30 billion through federal programs that used 2010 census data.

  • More than $510 million for grants for tutoring, textbooks, and other school programs.
  • Approximately $12.7 billion in Medicaid funding for hospitals and clinics.
  • Almost $2.4 billion for programs to assist low-income women, children, and families with nutritional needs and education (WIC and SNAP).
  • Over $1.1 billion for highway planning and construction.

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Questions about how to fill out the response for your household? Call the Census Bureau Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Line at (800) 354-7271.

Why does the Catholic Church care?

  • The count influences legislative representation at all levels of government, where decisions about the common good and the most vulnerable are often made.
  • The Catholic Church relies on an accurate census to more effectively serve those in need.
  • Undercounting households leads to underfunding critical programs and services.

Resources for Catholic Parishes & Organizations

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The Word from Lansing: 2020 Census—Counting Our Communities

Beginning in March, individuals across the country will participate in a national census. The 2020 Census will set Michigan’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, guide emergency preparedness planning, and determine how much federal funding is allocated to communities for the next decade. The Word from Lansing column for February highlights the upcoming Census and the importance of being counted. Read more…

En Español

La Palabra de Lansing: Censo de 2020—Contando Nuestras Comunidades

Empezando en marzo, los habitantes a lo largo y ancho del país participaran en el censo nacional. El Censo de 2020 determinará la representación de Michigan en la Cámara de Representantes, guiará una planificación de preparación para emergencias y determinará la cantidad de aportación financiera federal que se distribuirá a las comunidades para la próxima década. La Palabra de Lansing en su columna de febrero destaca el censo y la importancia de ser contado. Lee más…

Other Languages

In addition to English and Spanish, the U.S. Census Bureau provides translated web pages and guides in almost sixty non-English languages—including American Sign Language—as well as guides in braille and large print.

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