DNR calls on Michiganders to complete the 2020 census today

Contact: John Pepin, 906-250-7260
Agency: Natural Resources

April 1 is national Census Day; find out how the census counts

Federal money provided for numerous important activities – from wildlife restoration, hunter education and wildland fire preparation to disaster relief, water pollution control, coastal zone management, and so much more – is distributed to states based on census results.

That’s why the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters, anglers, hikers, campers and other residents to take 10 minutes today to complete the census.

“Filling out the census is a simple way to help ensure Michigan will receive its fair share of federal funding needed for countless programs and projects vital to the health, welfare and safety of our state’s residents,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. “This is something we can do today to help each other for the next 10 years.”

Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats Michigan has in Congress and political representation at all levels of government. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads and other public services.

So far, Michigan is ranked fifth best in the nation with a 40.2% census response rate.

The census, taken by the U.S. Census Bureau once every decade, asks a total of nine basic questions about those living in your household and their relationships to each other. The information provided is confidential and is not shared.

The census form can be completed online at Michigan.gov/Census2020 or My2020Census.gov, by calling 1-844-330-2020 or by mail. Invitations were mailed to households across the country beginning in March.

More information on the census is available at Michigan.gov/Census2020.