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Census 2020

posted Dec 6, 2019, 6:29 AM by Greg Gorman

To the community members of USD 246:

You probably know that every 10 years, each person in the United States is counted as part of the census. What you might not know is that your decision to participate in the upcoming census in April 2020 will have a huge impact on our community and our state for the next decade. 

According to the State Data Center at KU, census counts are used to distribute more than $6 billion in federal funds each year in Kansas. That translates to $2,082 per person, per year. These dollars help fund a lot of things you care about, including:

  • Education

  • Highway funds

  • School lunch programs

  • Head Start programs

  • Nutrition programs like WIC and SNAP

  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program 

Accurate census counts are also essential for ensuring appropriate representation in state and federal government. 

For these reasons, as well as the fact that participation is your constitutional duty, we urge you to respond to the 2020 census when you are notified in April. The census is 100% confidential and will be delivered online. Even if you don’t have time to fill out everything on the form, it’s worth filling in some basic information about each person in your household as incomplete answers will still be counted.

We thank you for your continued support of our district and community, and we appreciate your consideration of this important matter.


Greg Gorman

Northeast-Arma USD 246