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Your Voice Counts in the 2020 Census

Monday, December 16, 2019

Do Your Part to Make Sure You are Counted in the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau counts each resident every 10 years and 2020 is the year. The Census count is used to get Berrien County’s fair share of federal funds. It’s vital that every one of us be counted. Census-based funding is used for roads, bridges, education, school lunches, Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health insurance, childcare and many more programs.

Based on Census projections, Berrien County is at risk of losing over $44 million per year for 10 years … that’s $440 million due to residents who do not complete the Census form. That’s money we have today that we are at risk of losing if we don’t count everyone. Each household will receive a letter next spring telling us how to complete the Census. Every child and every adult in each household counts.

If your principal residence is in Michigan, be sure to fill out the Census questionnaire that you receive in the mail or you can fill it out online at my2020census.gov.  It is very short and easy and should take less than five minutes to complete.  

The census bureau can be reached at (844) 330-2020.

Everyone Counts. For more information, go to BeCountedBerrien.org.

To find out about funding that Berrien County receives based on the Census results and to review the nine questions that will be asked on the questionnaire, click here.

Make sure you are counted!  Fill out the Census questionnaire when you receive it.

Census information is confidential for 72 years.  By law, your data can not be shared with anyone.