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Have you taken the 2020 Census?

Not yet? The good news is there is still plenty of time.

The U.S. Census Bureau had scheduled the Self-Response Phase (where households respond online, by phone or by mail) to end on July 31, but extended it through Oct. 31, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of June 26, Kansas ranks 13th in the nation for participation, with a 65.5% response rate, compared to the national response rate of 61.7%.

How is Johnson County doing? With a 74.7% response rate, we rank number one among all Kansas counties. Mission Woods has the highest participation of any city in Kansas. Other Johnson County cities in the top 10 include Fairway, Leawood and Mission Hills.

We also want to congratulate the cities of Shawnee, Spring Hill and Merriam. Each of them already surpassed their city’s total self-response rate from the 2010 census.

With all of this good news on participation, the work is not done, as no Johnson County city has reached 100% participation. Remember, census data brings the correct portion of billions of federal dollars to local communities. If we were to stop counting people in Kansas today, our state would miss out on more than $21 billion over 10 years. These federal dollars go towards funding roads, schools, health care and programs that assist some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Those who don’t have their mailing with their personal Census ID can still respond online to the 2020 Census. Go to my2020census.gov and select the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." It is located below the Census ID login field. If you are unable to respond online, you can call 844-330-2020 and take the census over the phone. 
For more information, please visit 2020census.gov.

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