People are Counting on You!

Every ten years, everyone living in the United States is counted—just once and in the right place.

Counting where people say they lived on April 1, 2020 helps make sure more than $675 billion in federal funds are directed each year to the right places to support local education, school lunches, health care, public safety, infrastructure and more. Every person who goes uncounted can result in a loss of $1,272 a year in Missouri and $1,020 in Kansas. A complete and accurate count is also critical for determining how many representatives each state will have in Congress.

Everyone in your household on April 1, 2020 must be counted including children, both related or unrelated, grandchildren, newborn babies and foster children.

Data collection for the 2020 census ends Wednesday, September 30, 2020, one month sooner than originally announced.

Ways to Complete the Census:

If your household has not completed the census, you can still respond online, by phone or by mail.  Chances are a census taker has or will come to your home if a response has not been received from your home address; they will be well identified, wear masks and follow COVID-19 safety protocols. 

Visit to take the census or get more information. If you think you need help taking the census on line, contact your local library to see if they can help you. 

If you would prefer to complete the census by phone, call toll-free 1-844-330-2020 for English customer service or 1-844-468-2020 for Spanish customer service, between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. Central time. The Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print.  Visit the Language Support page ( of the 2020 Census website for more information. 

Responses to the census are anonymous and confidential. They are used only to produce statistics and cannot be given to any government agencies, law enforcement or courts.