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Beginning in March 2020, Kechi residents will receive a questionnaire from the US Census Bureau. Be watching your mailboxes for it to arrive.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that every person in the country be counted every 10 years. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data.
Since this only happens once a decade the participation of every Kechi resident is vital. We need to make sure that every person in Kechi gets counted because an under count in Kechi means our community could miss out on vital federal funding of almost $59,000 per household over 10 years.
Population estimates collected through the census are used to determine federal, state, and local districts and are also used to distribute over $6 billion in federal funds to Kansas. Census data directly impacts the funding our city and county will receive over the next decade. The census provides the most reliable and complete data for research, decision-making, and planning for both the public and private sectors.
Government, major community stakeholders, and businesses use Census data for many important reasons, such as: Infrastructure planning, emergency preparedness, disaster relief, and education planning, just to name a few. The data is also used in determining new markets and where to expand businesses; location of retail outlets and logistics facilities; and workforce development. That could mean more funding for our schools, roads and highways, public health, affordable housing programs, and more.
In 2020, filling out the Census questionnaire will be easier than ever. You can complete it online, by phone or by mail. Your privacy is protected. The Census Bureau is forbidden by law to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household.