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DSM Counts 2020

DSM Counts, 2020 Census

The City of Des Moines is excited to participate in the 2020 Census to get the most accurate count possible of the population in Des Moines. The census is important to measure the City’s growth and to help the City plan for the future.

What is the Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. It aims to count each person only once and in the right place.

Why is the Census Important?

There are many ways that census data is used at every level of government. Every year, more than $676 billion is distributed to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and more. Census data is used to determine how much of these funds gets distributed to certain areas.

What is the City of Des Moines doing for the Census?

The City of Des Moines has formed a Complete Count Committee comprised of leaders throughout the City and Greater Des Moines region in housing, education, community organizations, business, and more. The purpose of this committee is to get the word out to everyone in the Des Moines community that the Census is coming and why it is important.

How to I participate in the Census?

By April 1, 2020, every household will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You’ll have three ways to respond: online, by phone, or by mail.

If you live in the United States you are required by law to participate in the 2020 count, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau.

More information about the census can be found at

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