Why Take the Census
Did you know if 1 person is missed in our community in the 2020 Census, there is a potential financial loss to the community of $2,082*? This has a significant impact on the resources and opportunities for all residents if you are not counted. That money could have gone to education, school lunch programs, Head Start programs, WIC, SNAP, Medicaid, highway planning and construction, housing assistance, low income, childcare, adoption programs, foster care programs and much more.
In Kansas, the average household is 2.5 residents. If one (1) "average" household is missed, that can cost a community $5,205 per year. Then, consider that a census won’t occur for another ten (10) years - that’s $52,050 in lost resources for our community that we rely on. The Census is important and so are you, that is why we need your help and for you to get involved with the Census of 2020! Source: Counting for Dollars by George Washington Institute of Public Policy.
The 2020 Census is 11 questions and takes less than 5 minutes to complete. These questions ask about your name, phone number, ethnicity, race, sex, whether you are a renter or home owner, the number of people living at your address, age and date of birth, relationship status and whether you have a second residence or place you stay. All of these questions can be answered online, by phone, on a paper form or through a census worker.
The 2020 Census is confidential. Census Bureau employees are legally required to maintain the confidentiality of your data for life. Information provided by someone who participates in a Census Bureau survey cannot be used against them. It is against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. Nor can the Census Bureau share your answers with any other government agency.
The census does not require giving out your social security number or any payment information. When asked census takers and representatives will show show their official badge and provide a supervisor’s name. You can also further verify their identity by searching for their name in the Census Bureau Staff Search. For information on how to verify mailings and phone call are from the Census Bureau is available at Census.gov/programs-surveys
If you choose to answer to answer the census online, it will be done through a secure website with multiple layers of defense.