The Kansas City Public Library is proud to be a part of the Kansas City Regional Complete Count Committee’s education and outreach effort to have everyone in Kansas City represented in the 2020 Census.
Check out the 2020 Census website for more information.
Why do we have a Census?
The Constitution mandates a population count once every ten years. The Census started in 1790 and this year’s Census will shape how political power and federal tax dollars are shared in the U.S over the next 10 years. The number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets are determined by census numbers. They also guide how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal funding is distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities. The demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters.
Want to check out past Census data? Check out our Online Resources!
The Census collects data that will help states, counties, and communities determine:
- Representation: The number of seats a state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and determines the districts for state government.
- Funding: How to distribute approximately $675 billion in federal funding to local communities yearly.
- Planning: The creation and upkeep of local services such as roads, schools, hospitals, senior centers, emergency services, and libraries.
- Businesses: The creation of factories, business headquarters, and stores, as well as the ability to recruit employees and conduct market research.
Who to Contact
Chicago Regional Office
Mon-Fri, 8a.m. - 5p.m., Central Daylight Time.
Denver Regional Office
Mon-Fri, 8a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mountain Standard Time.