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Census 2020

What is the census?

A census is an official count and survey of a population. Once a decade, the United States conducts a census in an effort to systematically count the population and gather information such as age, race, and more. The first U.S. Census was conducted in 1790. The U.S. Census is Confidential and Required by Law.

How the 2020 Census Affects Our Children

The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:

  • Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology.

  • Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.

  • Maternal and child health programs.

Why 2020 Matters for Schools

Every Kid Counts: Census Bureau Partners With Pediatricians and Child Advocates in Effort to Count Every Child in 2020 Census

How the 2020 Census Affects Our Community

An under count in Newton means our community could miss out on approximately $50,384.40 in federal funding (over 10 years) for each household that is missed in the 2020 Census.

FACTS ABOUT NEWTON (based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau)

How the 2020 Census Affects Our State

If 1% of the Kansas population is uncounted in the 2020 Census, the state of Kansas could miss receiving approximately $603,990,400 in federal funding over a 10-year period.

FACTS ABOUT KANSAS (based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau)


Find out more about the 2020 census at Kansas Counts & the U.S. Census Bureau

Census Timeline

 March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.  

March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

Overall Timeline with Additional Important Dates