Be Counted West Michigan is an effort by the West Michigan Research Network (WMRN) to help government officials and agencies promote a complete 2020 Census count in their communities.

WMRN recognized a gap in support for municipalities and government agencies in our region. They applied for and received grant funding from the West Michigan Regional Prosperity Alliance to develop support services for these groups.


To provide a central hub of relevant data and resources for municipalities and government agencies serving the people of Prosperity Region 4. This includes Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa Counties.


To support a complete and accurate 2020 Census count in Prosperity Region 4 by providing accessible and easy to understand data and resources to the region’s municipalities and government agencies.


We believe that participation in the Census is relevant and valuable to the self and broader community. Participation will ensure:

  • fair representation at all levels of government
  • appropriate funding distribution for financial assistance programs that benefit West Michigan’s communities and
  • reliable data to inform research, decision making and planning across the region.

Who we are

The West Michigan Research Network is a community of researchers in West Michigan who convene to cultivate professional relationships, skills and resources.
Our priorities are:

Health Care



Peer Review


Research Design


Data Advocacy

Be Counted West Michigan is part of WMRN’s data advocacy efforts to promote a fair and accurate census in 2020.