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2020 Census – Six Weeks and Counting!

USCensus (Aug. 21, 2020) – Thank you for your continued help to make sure every person living in Kansas is counted. We have until Sept. 30 to get the job done. The Sunflower State's self-response rate now stands at 67.9 percent. That ties with Connecticut for 14th best in the nation and well above the nation-wide 63.9 percent rate. Visit the 2020 Census response rate map.

The 2020 Census Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program is being engaged in Kansas counties with hard-to-count and low-performing tracts. If you have a local event and key locations where people naturally gather, contact Melinda A. Stanley Kansas Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau. They can be present to personally help people submit their census responses either on a Census Bureau tablet or on the person's own device.

Hundreds of census takers are following up with households across Kansas. Census takers will continue to follow up with non-responding households in person and will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health guidelines when they visit. If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a "Notice of Visit" with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.

An additional mailer + paper questionnaire is being sent to households that have yet to respond! The Census Bureau is sending this mailing in late August to early September to the lowest-responding census tracts. Households in low-responding areas will be receiving emails to encourage response to the 2020 Census. The emails will go to all households the Census Bureau has contact information for in census block groups with a response rate lower than 50 percent. The email messages will come from and will give recipients the option to opt out of receiving future messages.

The Census Bureau has expanded its paid advertising, launching a series of new advertisements aimed at increasing online response. Now, 45 non-English languages are receiving some level of paid media support. More information can be found online.
--Cindy Samuelson