2020 Census

What's New

The City of Grand Rapids is hiring employees who can help make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. The new positions – one Census Coordinator and four Census Ambassadors – start in July and last 10 months.

For more information – including details on the jobs, duties, preferred skills and qualifications – please CLICK HERE.


Overview

Grand Rapids is growing – our entire region is growing – in population, diversity, business activity and vibrancy. The 2020 Census is a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate the growth we're seeing in our community. It's vital for Grand Rapids’ success during the next decade.

Our goal is for each and every Grand Rapids resident to be counted as part of the census. Every household will receive a census form in March 2020. It will be easy to fill out - online or on paper - and help will be available if you need it.

The Census Bureau is getting ready for this huge project, but the Census Bureau can’t do this without the help of local partners such as the City of Grand Rapids, businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, colleges, schools and the media. We’re committed to a complete and accurate count of all Grand Rapids residents – EVERYONE COUNTS!


Importance

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 happens here 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!


Frequently Asked Questions

No doubt you have questions about the census. It happens only once every 10 years, it's important to our community and it's gaining media coverage. We have answers to many questions on our 2020 Census FAQs page, so please check there first. If you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to ask a specific question through the form available in the next section.

Census FAQs


Ask a Question

Didn’t see the answer to your question in our FAQs? No problem. You can submit a question through this form, and City staff will get back to you with an answer within 2 business days. If needed, we will consult with experts in specific topic areas. If you heard or read a statement about the census and want to check out whether it's accurate, feel free to submit it here.

Ask a Question


Get Involved

Coming soon!


Complete Count Committee

In fall 2018, the City Commission established the Complete Count Committee “Everyone Counts” Grand Rapids 2020. This group is led by the Mayor and includes approximately 70 community leaders who are committed to a complete and accurate count of all residents living in the city of Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. City staff are involved, and the City's Fiscal Year 2020 budget includes significant resources to support this effort.

The full Complete Count Committee had its first meeting on December 21, 2018.

For a timeline and important dates, click here.

This section will be finalized soon. Please check back later for additional updates.

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.