Information for Census 2020
$675 Billion in Federal Funds are at Risk. Be Counted Michigan 2020.
How is the Census information used?
Being counted helps communities create jobs and new businesses, determines how many seats Michigan gets in Congress, directs funds for services to people in poverty, and helps with planning health and education services such as those for people with disabilities, K-12 schools, hospitals, and libraries.
Hard-to-Count Populations include:
Children under the age of 5
Households with lower incomes
Racial and ethnic minorities
Who is counted in the Census?
Census forms are filled out by household. Every person living at an address at the time of the Census needs to be counted, including children.
How do I fill out the Census?
You can respond online using a unique Census ID. This ID will be mailed to you in the form of a post card. If you do not have Internet access, you can also respond by phone, at your local library, at Michigan Works!, or by mail after April 1, 2020.
What questions will be asked on the Census?
The Census asks for less personal information that most social media profiles. Items like name, gender, age, birthday, race/ethnicity, relationship to head-of-household, owner or renter and phone number are asked. The Census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status.
Is information taken by the Census private?
The Census Bureau is committed to keeping your information confidential, private and secure. By law, individual- level census information cannot and will not be shared with any agency.
Census Timeline in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties
March 12-20, 2020: Postcard with Census ID sent for Online Surveys
March 26-April 3, 2020: Second Mailing of reminder to all housing units
April 2020: Letter with Questionnaire sent to non-respondents
May 2020: Census employees begin home visits to ensure all are counted
December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers counts to the President and Congress