Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941

2020 Census Information

The 2020 Census is happening now. Respond today! 


Conducted every 10 years, the 2020 Census will guide critical business and community decisions, and will help to advance local businesses and make positive improvements in our community. Every year, the federal government distributes more than $800 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. These improvements, such as additional social services, and new roads, hospitals and schools, significantly impact the quality of life for you, your family, your neighbors, and our community.

Census data is vital to our community 

The data collected in the census directly affects you. Census data helps guide local planning decisions, such as where to provide social services, build new roads, hospitals and schools, and where to locate job-training centers. For businesses, census data are critical to help companies make strategic and fiscally sound decisions that can spur and sustain economic development and growth.

Census Fast Facts and Dates

  • March 2020 - Census invitations are mailed to households.

  • April 1, 2020 - "Census Day" encourages everyone to complete the Census.

  • October 2020 - Your last chance to complete the census.

Here is how you can help 

We ask for your assistance in this important initiative. We encourage you to let your family, friends, neighbors, business associates, constituents and others know that:

  • The census is easy. The 2020 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

  • The census is important. Census data guide decisions that can help improve services to our community, including schools, hospitals, housing, roads and more. 

  • The census is valuable. In our area, each person equals about $1,800 a year in funding. In Michigan, almost half of our funding comes from the federal government. If you don't get counted, we risk losing vital services in Bay County.

Every person counts – this includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens. An undercount means millions of dollars lost in federal funding, which equals less money to improve our schools, fix our roads and highways, and provide vital programs for our community.

Need Assistance?

Do you need assistance in filling out the 2020 Census form? Stop by our offices after April 1, 2020 to get help!

  • Health Department - 1200 Washington Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708
  • Department on Aging - Bay County Building, 515 Center Avenue, Suite 202, Bay City, MI 48708 
*Due to COVID-19 all Bay County Facilities are closed to the public. Please call us for information at 989-895-4100 or toll-free at 1-877-229-9960.

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