2020 Census

By Hays Chamber on March 5, 2020

2020 Ellis County Census Dictates Funding for Next Decade

2020 Ellis County Census Dictates Funding for Next Decade
In a few weeks Ellis County residents will begin seeing literature in their mail regarding the 2020 Census.  For the first time this year, households will have the ability to fill out the census online.  Residents will still be able to fill out the Census by mail, or by phone.  The count day for this census is April 1, 2020.  The self-response process will be completed from April through July 2020.  Non-response follow-up will be completed by census staff from May through July.

So why is the 2020 Census so important for residents in Ellis County?  $675 billion in federal funds are disbursed annually based on the data that is collected from each decennial census.  Of that $675 billion, $6 billion was distributed to the state of Kansas every year over the past decade.  What is the cost for Ellis County residents not completing the 2020 Census?  In short, Ellis County will lose $20,820 per person not counted in the 2020 Census between now and the next census count.

The funding received through the census goes into so much, whether it be infrastructure, schools, businesses, non-profits, health services, emergency preparedness, law enforcement funding, and even disease control.  An accurate census is also crucial for residents in Kansas because it indicates the number of seats our state has in the U.S. House of Representatives; census numbers are additionally utilized when drawing federal, state and local voting districts.

Help Ellis County realize a successful census count in several ways:
  • Open all census-related material that is sent via mail and follow the directions by the indicated dates.
  • Encourage family, friends, college students and neighbors to participate in the 2020 census.  College students who live on campus and in nearby residential housing are counted in the Ellis County census.
  • It is important to understand that all information submitted during the census is protected by law.  The U.S. Census Bureau keeps all information confidential and will never share any information with other government agencies that distribute government benefits.
To access a full list of 2020 census questions and frequently asked questions, visit 2020census.gov.  Visit kansascounts.org for more information about how the census impacts Kansas.  General questions can also be answered via phone by calling 1-800-923-8282.  To view a brief video of the 2020 census, visit https://2020census.gov/en.html.  Follow the 2020 census on social media including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.