Being Counted Counts
Each Michigan resident counted in the census equals an estimated $1,800 in federal funding.
Being Counted Equals Important Services
These federal dollars help fund services like schools, roads and Medicaid.
Make Michigan Count!
More Census Facts
What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive a request to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
Why it Matters?
The census count has consequences we will live with for the next decade, if not longer. This makes the stakes even higher. Michigan stands to lose an estimated $1,800 per person per year in federal support for programs that use census data, for every resident who is not counted. This funding supports essential services including Medicaid, nutrition assistance, highway construction and planning, Title I and Special Education Grants, Foster Care and Child Care Grants, K-12 education, Section 8 Vouchers, and Head Start/Early Start — for which Michigan received more than $14 billion in 2015.
Some examples of how Census data is used:
What Will You Be Asked on the Census?
See the sample 2020 Census Questionnaire at https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial/2020/technical-documentation/questionnaires-and-instructions/questionnaires/2020-informational-questionnaire.pdf
How Can You Respond to the Census?
An invitation to participate in the 2020 Census will be sent to your home by April 1, 2020. Your invitation will include a unique Census ID code connected to the address to which it was mailed. You will have three options for responding:
If you spend more than six months each year in Michigan, use the unique Census code sent to your Michigan address or wait until you get home. If you participate in the Census by phone, use your Michigan address when responding. You can use your Michigan address (Census ID Code mailed to your Michigan address) even if you are at your out-of-state residence when you receive your invitation in March of 2020, or if you are physically located at your out-of-state residence on April 1.
Is Responding to the Census Secure?
Your Census responses are safe, secure and, by law, your responses cannot be used against you in anyway. But watch out for scams! The Census workers will never call you or ask for your Social Security number or bank account information. They may come to your door but they will be wearing an official Census worker badge with their photograph, a U.S. Depart of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
If you suspect a scam or fraud, contact the Michigan Attorney General Consumer Protection Bureau at 517-335-7599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report the incident.
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