If 1% of the Kansas population is uncounted in the 2020 Census, the state of Kansas could miss receiving approximately $603,990,400 in federal funding over a 10-year period. Ensure you count, ensure your community counts, and ensure Kansas Counts by participating in the 2020 Census!
Participate in the 2020 Census with Kansas Counts
Kansas Counts is a statewide effort aimed at increasing engagement, awareness, and participation in the 2020 Census. Kansas Counts provides the opportunity to ensure you, your community, and the state of Kansas counts. When you participate in the census you, help create fair congressional representation for Kansans; obtain valuable information that leaders can use to plan for your community’s future; and increase resources for health, schools, transportation, and more. At Kansascounts.org we can help you and community census volunteers navigate the 2020 Census to achieve a complete count in Kansas.
While Census Day was on April 1st, census data will continue to be collected over the next couple months. April is considered Census Month. Help us get a complete count in Kansas by responding to the census.
Later this Spring, census enumerators will begin visiting homes of people who have not yet responded. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, more self-responses means enumerators will have fewer homes to visit—especially critical while practicing physical distancing.
The future of Kansas is in your hands. Fill out your 2020 Census today. It’s safe, secure and easy. For most people it takes just a few minutes to fill out but the impact it has on Kansas will last a decade.
Kansas Self-Response Rate
As of early June, Kansans are ranking above the national average of 60.8% for self-response rate, 64.8%. Help ensure all Kansans are counted and take your 2020 Census today.
Why Kansas 2020 Census Participation Matters
Participation in the 2020 Census ensures your community is represented fairly and receives their share in the distribution of more than $6 billion in federal funds to Kansas annually. Every 10 years, results from the U.S. Census are used to reapportion congressional seats. The 2020 Census will determine how many congressional seats the state of Kansas will hold for the next decade. When it comes to federal funding, participation in the U.S. Census ensures your community benefits from your hard-earned tax dollars. That could mean more funding for our schools, roads and highways, public health, affordable housing programs, and so much more.
What is the census?
The U.S. Census is required by law (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2) and has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. The 2020 Census will count every person living in the United States and fiveU.S. territories—once, only once, and in the right place.
Taking the 2020 Census
By April 1, 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Every household will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone or by mail. Census forms will be available in 13 languages. Video and print guides will be available in 59 non-English languages, as well as American Sign Language, braille, and large print.
Right now, cities, counties, and communities should be working to form a Complete Count Committee (CCC). A CCC is a volunteer committee comprised of trusted voices from the community to increase awareness about the 2020 Census and motivate their residents to respond. We have created a Local Action Guide for you to use to help in setting up your committee and starting to think about how to prepare for the 2020 Census.
The U.S. Census is Confidential and Required by Law
All responses to Census Bureau surveys are confidential and protected (Title 13 of the U.S. Code).
Under law, the Census Bureau is required to keep respondent information confidential and will
never share a respondent’s personal information. Individual records from the decennial censuses
are, by law (Title 44, U.S. Code), confidential for 72 years.
Quick Facts About the U.S. Census
- Population numbers derived from the decennial census are used to distribute over $6 billion in federal funds to Kansas every year.
- Every uncounted person costs the state of Kansas approximately $2,082 in federal funding.
- Census data is used to determine federal, state and local voting districts.
- Government, businesses and other stakeholders use census data for infrastructure and transportation planning; emergency preparedness, disaster relief, education funding, health tracking and disease control, and a multitude of other things.
- Businesses and government agencies consider population trends when choosing places to locate, which in turn boosts economic growth.
- As the census is only a once-every-10-years process, it is crucial to get the count right. If Kansas is under counted we will be shortchanged for a decade.