2020 Census

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 How to Respond

You can respond to the census online or by phone right now. If you prefer a paper form, the Census Bureau will mail one to your home address in mid-April.

Respond Online  Respond by Phone


Volunteer Opportunities

We're requesting your support or for you to volunteer at one of our upcoming COVID-conscious neighborhood canvassing events. All volunteers will follow our COVID health guidelines. Volunteer canvasing opportunities are happening on the following days: 

  • Sept. 12th, 10 am - 1 pm at National Supermarket 1610 Clyde Park Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 

  • Sept. 19th, 10 am - 1 pm at Garfield Park 334 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 

With PPE and appropriate physical distancing, volunteers will canvass the Garfield Park neighborhood informing and encouraging residents to respond to the census. PPE, donuts, coffee, lunch, and canvasing supplies will be provided. 

Click Here to Volunteer


Overview

The 2020 census is happening now, and Grand Rapids could lose 1.2 billion dollars if we don’t get counted. That’s billion, with a B! That’s $1.2 billion over the next ten years for our schools, healthcare, roads, and vital public services that we could lose. And we’re running out of time.

Let’s not let that happen, Grand Rapids.Our community will only get all those funds if all of us are counted. But, over 60,000 Grand Rapidians have yet to be counted. If that’s you, it’s not too late, but you need to take action now, because you only have until September 30. 

The census is safe, confidential, and there is NO question about citizenship. And it’s easy. With just 9 questions per person, it takes about 10 minutes per household to complete. Just 10 minutes brings $18,000 for our community for each and every person counted. Now is the time! Census workers are visiting households who have yet to respond to help them complete the 844-330-2020.


Grand Rapids 2020 Census Self-Response Map

This map features self-response rates from households that responded to the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. Rates can be viewed in rankings here.

View Map


FAQs

Feel free to visit the below guide to view frequently asked questions about the upcoming 2020 census.

Census FAQs  Census Questions  Census Timeline


The census determines the strength of our political voice in Lansing and Washington. And more than $675 billion in annual federal funds is allocated to communities across the country based on census numbers. Our community needs its share to provide vital services, such as health care, education and housing, among others. Additionally, many business decisions, such as where to locate or expand, are informed by census data. Information about what's happening here will have a major impact on what happenshere in the future.

For each person counted as part of the 2020 census, about $18,000 is expected to flow into our community for vital services over the next 10 years. That's broken down into $10,000 for health care, $2,600 for nutrition,$2,000 for education and training, $1,600 for housing and family assistance, $1,200 for transit, and $600 for a range of other services. That’s right -- $18,000 for each and every person. The census is a big deal!

The 2020 census WILL NOT include a question about citizenship.

Heart of West Michigan United Way is managing the Census Hub for Kent County. Census Hubs are part of the Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign, a collaborative, coordinated, statewide effort to encourage participation in the 2020 Census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted.

Click here to visit the Census Hub page.