Census 2020: What's at Stake for the KC Region?
From the Unified Government:
The U.S. Census is a key building block of a functioning democracy and a just society. Accurate census data are essential for the fair distribution of political representation at the national, state and local levels, and for the equitable allocation of government resources. In Missouri, $11.2 billion in funding is distributed based on 10-year census-derived statistics. In Kansas, it’s $4.4 billion.
However, the census has historically missed disproportionate numbers of racial minorities, immigrants, young children and low-income residents, contributing to inequity in political power, government funding and private-sector investment in some geographic areas.
Although it is the federal government’s responsibility to ensure a fair and accurate census, community engagement in support of an accurate and complete count is more important than ever. Join us on Friday, November 2, as we mobilize an effort for an accurate 2020 Census in the Kansas City region to ensure every community receives its fair share of representation and resources.