What is the 2020 Census?
The U.S. Census is required by law and has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. The 2020 Census will count every person living and housing count of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas—once, only once, and in the right place
Some of the results of the census will determine:
- the number of seats for each state in the U.S.
- used to draw state legislative and local districts.
- the allocation of federal funds, grants and support to Kansas as well as to our counties, cities and communities for the next 10 years.
And so much more!
Timeline and 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.
March 12 – 20: Households will begin receivingofficial Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond online, by phone, or by mail.
April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Why 2020 Census Participation Matters
Participation in the 2020 Census ensures our community is represented fairly and receives the share in the distribution of more than $6 billion in federal funds to Kansas annually. 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.