Tools Available for Municipalities Preparing for 2020 Census

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Dene Westbrook

censusThe National League of Cities has recently released Preparing for the 2020 Census, a municipal action guide that will help cities navigate the upcoming census.  Visit to find the full guide.

Why the Census Matters to Cities:

  • An accurate census helps ensure fair representation at all levels of government.
  • The census directly impacts the funding your city will receive over the next decade.
  • The census provides the most reliable and complete data for research, decision making and planning for both the public and private sectors.
Go to to view this guide.

Go to to view this guide.

In 2017, Michigan’s population increased for the sixth consecutive year and for the first time in 17 years, more people moved to the state than from the state. Overall, the population of Michigan has increased by 0.9 percent since 2010. This is a relatively small gain, but this continued progress will likely see the state cross the 10 million mark according to Eric Guthrie, State Demographer and Michigan’s liaison with the U.S. Census Bureau.  “We need to be doing all we can to make Michigan an attractive place to move to instead of one to move from so that the projected population increases will be realized.” Guthrie said.

Community population estimates can be found through the U.S. Census Bureau’s website, or AmericanFactFinder.

Posted by Matt Bach on behalf of Kelly Warren, director of Membership & Affiliate Engagement for the Michigan Municipal League.

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