2020 Census: Numbers Matter

This is a photo of  Kansas Department of Transportation employees working on 69 Hwy. as seen from Eagle Road in November 2017. The census affects funding to roads, highways, schools and other community needs.


The next nation-wide census begins April 1, 2020.


The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790, according to https://2020census.gov/en


This fact may affect funding for needed community services, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lindsay Madison said, at the recent Jan. 28  downtown meeting.


Roads, highways, schools, health clinics,  and fire departments: the census can shape many aspects of a community.

Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year, according to the census website.

The results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets, according to the website.


It’s important to promote the census, Madison said at the recent meeting.


“Starting in mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census,” according to the census website. “The best way to avoid a visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.”


“It will be online first, then postcards sent, then individual home visit,” Madison said.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count, according to the census website.

To apply to be a census worker click below:



 Governor  Encourages Participation in the Census

Governor Laura Kelly appointed Dr. James E. Williams to the Kansas Complete Count Committee, according to a Kelly press release.


“The committee was established through an executive order issued by Governor Kelly and serves to coordinate efforts to promote the 2020 Census and encourage a high rate of participation.



“’Getting the 2020 Census count right is a major priority,’” Kelly said. ‘“James’ addition to the committee is an essential step to getting this count as accurate as possible.’”



Williams, Emporia, is the vice president for student affairs at Emporia State University. He will replace Reggie Robinson as the Kansas Board of Regents representative on the committee,” quoting from the press release.


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