2020 Census

FAQ's

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

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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. A complete and accurate count is a top priority for the City Commission and City Manager. They have allocated $100,000 to help inform the community and motivate residents to participate in the count. Many partner organizations also are stepping up to support this effort.

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!


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!

For a timeline and important dates, click here.

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.