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As many of us are working from home, kids are home from school and we’re all social distancing, the days seem to run together. Do you know what day it is today? It’s Wednesday, April 1, 2020. It’s Census Day.

About the Census

Every ten years, the census counts every person living in the United States. The results of the census are used to:

  • Redraw school and voting districts within your state
  • Determine how many representatives your state gets in Washington, DC
  • Distribute federal funds and grants to your state and local community

Kansas and Missouri receive billions of dollars through federal programs every year, and the amount of funding is calculated based on census data. These federal programs fund education, transportation and emergency preparedness. They provide health care, nutrition assistance and school meals for kids and families in our community.

People who benefit most from these programs are often hard to count, like kids, immigrants, people of color and low-income residents. When these communities are undercounted, these programs are underfunded. This is why it’s important that we have a complete count.

Complete the Census

There are three ways to respond to the census:

  • Online – Use your computer, tablet or phone. It takes less than 10 minutes. Respond Now
  • Phone – Call 844.330.2020 between 8 a.m. and 3 a.m. Central Time seven days a week. More Info
  • Mail – A paper form will be mailed to you mid-April if you haven’t already completed the survey online or by phone. More Info

The census form is available in 13 languages online and by phone. Census guides are available in 60 languages, including American Sign Language, as well as large print and braille. Language Support

Your responses to the census are protected private information. By law, your responses cannot be shared with other departments or agencies. The Census Bureau will never ask for your full social security number, bank or credit card numbers or for donations. Avoid Fraud & Scams

Can we count on you to complete the 2020 Census? Let us know you’ve been counted using these hashtags: #CountMeInKC #CountAllKids #Census2020

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