Your Voice Will Help Shape Our Future
Now is the time to stand up and be counted. The 2020 Census is underway and most households have already received a notification in the mail with instructions on how to respond to the census by phone, mail or online. This process is vitally important, not only for the state but also for local municipalities. The census takes place once every 10 years to get an accurate count of the United States population. The census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as districts for state government; guides federal funding to states and local communities; and also provides critical data for strategic planning.
Each year, the federal government uses U.S. Census Bureau data to distribute more than $675 billion to states and communities. This funding goes towards public needs, such as emergency preparedness and block grant programs. Among the ways the City of Lee’s Summit benefits from the census is the allocation of federal funding for the Community Development Block Grant program. This program helps improve the physical, economic and social conditions in the community. The federal funding allows the City to meet the needs of low-to-moderate income individuals and families, address slum or blight and meet urgent needs in Lee’s Summit.
The City also relies on census data to gain a deeper insight into the community to make informed decisions. Understanding the demographic composition of the City assists leaders in planning for the future. The data can be used as a recruitment tool as well, enticing business leaders to explore Lee’s Summit as a potential new market.
It’s not just the City of Lee’s Summit that benefits from residents completing the 2020 Census. Census data is used to distribute federal funding to schools for programs such as the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Head Start and other educational grants. The data also influences highway planning and construction.
All information provided to the U.S. Census Bureau is confidential and cannot be used by any government agency or court. The census does not ask about citizenship status. The answers are only used to provide statistical information about the country. It’s important to know the U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for social security numbers, bank account or credit card numbers, money or donations. Census workers going door-to-door to collect a response will always have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date.
This is the first time the census can be completed online. It’s easier than ever to answer nine simple questions which will help the City receive critical federal funding and provide better data to make informed decisions about the future of Lee’s Summit. Every voice matters.
More information about the 2020 Census can be found at 2020census.gov or on the City’s website.