Local governments and community partners join efforts to promote the 2020 census.

The U.S. Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States once every 10 years. Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the data collected determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support programs in states and local communities.  

With funding support from the Health Forward Foundation and the REACH Healthcare Foundation, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is working with community partners across the Kansas City region to ensure a complete and accurate count during the 2020 census.

In March 2019, MARC convened the first meeting of the Kansas City Regional Complete Count Committee, which includes local government officials, community-based organization and business representatives, faith-based leaders, school officials and others.

Over the next year, the committee will work to:

  • Promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts.
  • Coordinate a regional information campaign.
  • Assist local communities in forming their own complete count committees.
  • Engage hard-to-reach populations.
  • Increase digital access to online census forms.

An undercount in 2020 can negatively impact budgets for important programs like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, transportation, education, childcare and affordable housing programs. Undercounting by even 1 percent could cost the Kansas City region more than $48 million each year over the next decade.