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Census Day is April 1

Post Date:01/09/2020

By April 1, 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. Census forms will be available in 13 languages. Video and print guides will be available in 59 non-English languages, as well as American Sign Language, braille, and large print.

The U.S. Census, an official count of the country’s population, is required by law, and has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories once, and only once, and in the right place.

An accurate count helps ensure fair representation at all levels of government. The census directly impacts the funding Prairie Village and the state of Kansas will receive over the next decade. It provides the most reliable and complete data for research, decision making, and planning for both the public and private sectors. 

Federal funding in Kansas supports parks, literacy programs, senior services, affordable housing, schools, health clinics, fire stations, veterans programs, job training, community centers and hundreds of other critical services and programs that make a difference in our lives. 

If 1% of the Kansas population is uncounted in the 2020 Census, the state of Kansas could miss receiving approximately $603,990,400 in federal funding over a 10-year period, according to information provided by the League of Kansas Municipalities. An undercount in Prairie Village means the community could miss out on approximate $46,845 in federal funding (over ten years) for each household that is missed in the 2020 census. 

Ensure you count, ensure your community counts, ensure Kansas counts by participating in the 2020 Census. 

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