The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as our nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and its economy. The Census Bureau plans to engage, educate and ultimately count an increasing diverse and growing population.

Why It Matters:
The census can shape many different aspects of our community. Hospitals, Fire Departments, Schools, the amount of affordable housing and even roads and highways are shaped by the information received from census data. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. The census is also mandated by the Constitution: The US has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. If a community is "under counted" it will be "under-funded" in many different areas that would create a negative impact. Likewise; when communities are accurately counted,  needed resources become available to bring about positive changes.

To learn more about the impact that the census has on our communities visit: https://2020census.gov/en/community-impact.html. You'll also learn how to respond to the Census, learn about the Census Questions and then find out how you can help to ensure a complete and accurate count of our community in 2020.

And if you're interested in helping to ensure our community is accurately counted, see the information below and then call or go online to sign up. It is estimated that more than 3,000 census takers will be needed in Southwest Michigan.

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