2020 Census

The 2020 Census count ended on October 15, 2020. 

 Thank You for Participating in the 2020 Census, Grand Rapids!

Your commitment to completing the census will bring billions of dollars in federal funding to our community over the next 10 years.

As a city, we surpassed our 2010 self-response rate and exceeded the state average for self-response. Updates on the outcome of the 2020 census count will be provided by the US Census Bureau in the next several months.


Grand Rapids 2020 Census Self-Response Map

This map features self-response rates based on households that responded to the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. The final self-response rate for Grand Rapids was 71.6%. The State of Michigan was ranked #8 in the nation for self-response. Screen Shot 2020-10-22 at 10.12.23 AM.png


2020 Census - Complete Count Committee

We would like to thank the Complete Count Committee for their efforts and support of the 2020 Census count in Grand Rapids. The City Commission established the Complete Count Committee in fall 2018. This group, led by the Mayor, included approximately 70 community leaders. They worked alongside City staff to help promote the census and attain a complete and accurate count of all residents living in the City of Grand Rapids and surrounding communities.

To see a complete list of Complete Count Committee Members for the 2020 census, click here.

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

Census FAQ's

The 2020 census DID NOT include a question about citizenship.

Importance: 

The census determines the strength of our political voice in Lansing and Washington. More than $675 billion in annual federal funds is allocated to communities across the country to provide vital services, such as health care, education and housing, among others based on census numbers. Additionally, many business decisions, such as where to locate or expand, are informed by census data.

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!