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Census 2020

  • FACT: Your Census data is confidential. By law, it cannot be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies or used to determine eligibility for government assistance programs.
  • FACT: The Census will never ask for: your social security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card numbers.
  • FACT: Census results determine how federal funding is distributed, including housing vouchers, Head Start early education, Title 1, Medicaid, food stamps, lunch programs and public libraries.
  • FACT: Count All Kids estimates that Kansas undercounted 4,465 children under age five in the 2019 Census. This netted a loss of more than $4.5 million per year for more than 300 programs funded using Census data.
  • FACT: Unlike voting, which excludes people age 17 and younger, non-citizens and individuals that are or have been incarcerated, the Census counts everyone.
  • FACT: Census data provides evidence of disparities across underserved communities which can be used to better serve these populations.
  • FACT: Common populations underreported by the Census include: children age five and younger, LGBTQ, people of color, immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, renters, people living in rural areas, low-income households, single-parent families and people with limited English-language proficiency.
  • FACT: Census data is secure. Not even the FBI is allowed to access Census data.
  • FACT: Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information provided in Census responses, including citizenship status.
  • FACT: This year, most people will take the Census online. The online form will be available in 13 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish. It’s been optimized for smartphones and other portable digital devices.
  • FACT: The number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets are determined by Census numbers.
  • FACT: Data from the Census is used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets, and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.

It's time to take the Census!

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

It only takes 10 minutes (depending on your household), your information is kept confidential, and your answers help determine where important funding and services are provided in your community.

On Wednesday, April 1, the Library will have computer stations at all locations available for you to complete the 2020 Census online.

Census Day is April 1, but you can respond now.

Take the census
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