The East Lansing Census 2020 Complete Count Committee is comprised of a broad spectrum of community representatives striving to implement an awareness campaign about the importance of the Census and to encourage responses.
The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas of the United States. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens. The first Census was conducted in 1790 and one has been conducted every 10 years since then.
Anyone residing in East Lansing on April 1, 2020, whether they are a year-round resident, a college student or a resident with international citizenship, should be counted in East Lansing as part of the 2020 Census. It's important to know that Census forms are 100 percent confidential.
Why is it so important to be counted?
Federal funding of approximately $1,800 per person, per year will be allocated to communities over the next 10 years for each person that is counted. These funds will be used for projects and activities with direct community benefits, such as road construction, educational grants, public transportation, low-income support, Medicaid and Community Development Block Grants.