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Kansas residents are responding well to the 2020 census so far.  

Census Outreach Manager for the Kansas League of Municipalities Wendi Stark, a guest of Friday's Talk of Emporia, announced Kansas currently has a 54.2 percent response rate so far, placing it ninth in the nation. Additionally, Lyon County is ranked 29th out of Kansas' 105 counties with a response rate of 53 percent with Olpe ranking number one in the county with a 59 percent response rate. Emporia has a response rate of 52.1 percent.

Kansas Complete Count Committee member Robin Newel says while those numbers are impressive, she would like to see them closer to 90 percent due to the census's profound effect on representation and funding at the federal level.


Stark says while Kansas is doing great, it could still do better as the percentages are actually lower than they were at this time 10-years-ago. While she did not have an exact number for Kansas, Stark says response rates nationwide were roughly 10 percent higher at this time in 2010.

Stark says the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role in the lower percentages as it has already affected several other areas of the census including suspending field operations until June 1 according to Kansas Complete Count Committee Member Rob Gilligan.


Stark adds the pandemic has also impeded the delivery of paper questionnaires. She tells KVOE News those questionnaires were officially sent out last Thursday and should be arriving in resident's mailboxes early this week.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the 2020 census visit www.Kansascounts.org. If you would like to contact the Census Bureau by phone they have 13 different languages available. For English call 844-330-2020 for Spanish call 844-468-2020.




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