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 five U.S. territories – once, only once, and in the right place. Census Day is April 1, 2020. Data collection will begin in March 2020 and continue through August 2020. Households will receive a letter with instructions for completing the census beginning in March 2020. The Census Bureau will NOT email you and will only call should there be confusion regarding your completed form.
Why is the Census important?
Census data directly impacts the funding our community will receive over the next decade. Cities and counties rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services. The census determines how many representatives each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to redraw district boundaries in each state. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021. Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop. Each year, the federal government distributes more than $6 billion to Kansas and our communities based on Census Bureau data.
The Census Bureau is also looking for individuals interested in being hired as Census Takers for this upcoming Spring/Summer. Positions are available here.
Who should respond?
EVERYONE! Census letters will be sent to all households in the U.S. to collect information about every person living in the household. The Census Bureau is conducting special counts for people living in group quarters (college dormitories, prisons, nursing facilities) or who are unsheltered.
How do I respond to the census?
The Census Bureau will offer the census form in four ways:
- Online, using the internet or a smartphone
- Over the telephone, by calling the census call center listed on the census letter
- Using a paper form
- By responding to a census enumerator
What questions will be asked?
Ten questions, approximately 10 minutes per person.
- Relationship to householder
- Phone number
- Household tenure (own/rent)
- Number of people in household
- Usual place of residence
- Hispanic origin