2020 Census

Download the 2020 Census Business Engagement Toolkit

The Detroit Regional Chamber is committed to helping the Detroit region get an accurate Census count across to help both business and government make better decisions and invest in our communities. Business owners and operators can help achieve an accurate 2020 Census by encouraging their employees and customers to complete their census questionnaires early. Businesses can start promoting the census in March 2020, when households receive their census materials by mail, using the resources outlined in this toolkit.

Download the toolkit here. 
View a sample of the census questionnaire.

Why does the 2020 Census matter?

Michigan’s influence in Congress is at stake.

The census count determines the number of representatives Michigan has in congress. An incomplete count risks Michigan losing a congressional seat.

District maps risk being redrawn.

State officials use the results of the census to redraw the boundaries of legislative districts, adapting to population shifts. Local, state and federal district maps rely on an accurate count.

 $675 billion in federal funds.

Census data determines how more than $675 billion is spent supporting vital community program including:

  • Road construction
  • Medicare
  • Special education
  • Free school lunches
  • Bridge cards and WIC
  • Other state/local services

$18,000+ over 10 years is lost for every Detroiter who is not counted.

For every Detroiter who does not fill out the census, the city of Detroit loses $1,800 each year for the next 10 years.