Library Helping Make KC Count in 2020 Census

Thursday, August 6, 2020
The U.S. Constitution mandates a population count every 10 years. The Census, inaugurated in 1790, endeavors to count every person living in the country regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

The Census shapes how political power and federal tax dollars are shared in the U.S. over each decade. It also determines the number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes allotted to each state and how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal funding is distributed for schools, roads, and other public services in each community. Beyond that, use of the demographic data can range from business decisions on where to build new supermarkets to emergency searches for victims of natural disasters.

The Library is proud to be a part of the Kansas City Regional Complete Count Committee’s education and outreach effort to have everyone in the metropolitan area represented in the 2020 Census, helping to ensure the city receives its fair share of federal funding.

How have the Library's Census outreach efforts changed due to the pandemic? We're meeting people out in the community through our Pop In at the Park series and working with other organizations to encourage participation. Legal and Government Information Specialist Jenny Garmon has been sharing details about the Census and conducting voter registration efforts in area parks and at other locations, such as Swope Health Services and, beginning in mid-August, Guadalupe Centers.

The Library’s Jenny Garmon talks to visitors
Swope Health Services about completing
the 2020 Census. (Photo courtesy of 
Swope Health Services)
The Library’s Pop In at the Park series provides a way to share
information about the Library's Summer Reading program,
the Census, and voter registration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haven't responded to the Census yet? You can do so online at Please note the self-response deadline for the 2020 Census recently changed from October 31 to September 30, 2020. 
Complete the Census Online Now  |   Learn More  |   Upcoming Census Outreach Events


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