2020 Census


2020 Census


New Statewide Site Launched

KansasCounts.org was launched in September 2019 to support 2020 Census outreach efforts across the state. Resources include a comprehensive community organizing local action guide, promotional videos, talking points, and much more.

What is the Census?

  • The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
  • The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States: in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.
  • The next census day is April 1, 2020.
  • Your participation in the census is required by law.
  • It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The 2020 Census questionnaire asks only a few simple questions of each person -- name, relationship, gender, age and date of birth, race, and whether the respondent owns or rents his or her home.
  • Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census. The Census Bureau does not release or share information that identifies individual respondents or their household for 72 years.

2020 Census Factsheets

Factsheet on 2020 Census Basics
2020 Census Basics (PDF)

Microsoft Word (DOCX)
(rev. 6/27/2019)
Factsheet on 2020 Census: Counting College Students and Others in Group Settings
Counting College Students (PDF)

Microsoft Word (DOCX)

Factsheet on 2020 Census: Counting the Homeless
Counting the Homeless (PDF)

Microsoft Word (DOCX)

2020 Census flyers are being made available in PDF and Word. Please feel free to use and modify, without attribution, for your specific needs.


CENSUS 101 flyer (PDF)

Why is the Census important?

  • MONEY - Census data are used to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. Congress uses census data to allocate funds under various federal grant programs to state governments. Many state-funded grant programs also rely on census data. Because the annual population estimates use the decennial census counts as a base, if a community's population is undercounted in the decennial census, these funds get misallocated for an entire decade.

  • INFRASTRUCTURE - Census data guide local decision-makers in important community planning efforts, including where to build new roads, hospitals and schools.

  • POWER - Census data are used to apportion Congressional seats to states. Census data affect your voice in Congress by determining how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Expected Shifts in Representation, 2010 to 2020


    Map showing projected changes in apportionment


Census Engagement Navigator

Explore the 2010 Census Mail Return Rate by State, County, or Census Tract.


More Information

State Data Center

Links on this page:

  1. ipsr@ku.edu