One of the most powerful things you can do for our community is to participate in the Census. Your participation helps ensure Westland receives the funding it deserves for important services and programs. An accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to Westland, as Census data is used to determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal government resources will be distributed each year to the next decade to states and cities. Participation in the census is the right and responsibility of every Westland resident.
If you count on any of the following, be counted!
- Food Assistance
- Health Care
Importance of the 2020 Census
An accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to the City of Westland. Census data is used to determine funding for programs and projects ranging from early childhood education to senior services.
We count our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and most importantly distributing more than half a billion dollars in federal funds annually to support vital programs.
Locations of Buildings / Services
Census data is used to determine where the following should be built:
- Child Care Centers
- Senior Centers
- Other Services
Key federal programs rely on Census data to allocate funding and resources for:
- Head Start
- Healthcare programs
- Highway planning and road construction
- Programs like Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicare
- School and education grants
Consequences of Not Being Heard
If people are not counted, Westland could risk cuts to building projects and local programs the our community relies on: new hospitals, updating roads and bridges, school lunches, health clinics, immunizations for children, early childhood education, and senior nutrition programs.
Message from the Mayor
The stakes are high for the upcoming 2020 census as data is used to determine political representation as well as funding for critical programs that serve our most vulnerable members of our community. With billions of dollars in federal funding at stake, the City of Westland is committed to making sure all residents in every neighborhood and of every background are counted and accurately represented.
Mayor William R. Wild
- Who gets counted?
- What is the Census?
- Where can I be counted?
- When is the Census?
- Why do we have a Census?
- What questions does the Census survey ask?
- Will the Census be available in other languages?
- Is the Census safe?
- Can another government agency access my Census information?
- How long does my information stay private?
- Do I need a Social Security number to complete the Census?
- What if I need help?