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Olathe ranks third for Census self-response rate
July 1 Update
Among U.S. cities with a population of 140,000 or more, Olathe ranks third in Census self-response rates. Ahead of Olathe is Naperville, Ill. and Elk Grove, Calif., who have reported completion rates of 80 and 76 percent.
As of July 1, 75 percent of Olathe residents have taken the 2020 Census. One of Olathe’s highest self-reporting tracts has recorded an 87 percent response rate.
The state of Kansas has a participation rate of 66 percent, while Johnson County leads the state with 75 percent Census completion.
The deadline to submit the 2020 Census is October 31. In August, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin visiting homes of those who have not submitted the form.
Data collected through the Census will help shape Olathe for current and future residents. Visit OlatheKS.org/Census to learn more and to take the Census.
April 30 Update
Early Census results are in!
With a 69% response rate, Olathe’s 2020 Census returns are 10% higher than the Kansas average of 59%. In some areas of Olathe, at least 79% of residents have submitted their Census.
Data collected through the Census will help shape Olathe’s community for current and future residents, especially as it pertains to funding for roads, emergency services, schools, healthcare and other resources.
Each Olathe household equates to approximately $6,000 a year in federal funding. If data does not properly reflect the community’s actual count, the City could lose up to $60,000 per missed household over the next decade.
To ensure you count, submit your household’s Census.
Respond online at My2020Census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or by mail.
Toward the end of May, Census workers will visit households to assist those who have not yet submitted their questionnaires.
Learn more about how the 2020 Census impacts Olathe’s future at OlatheKS.org/Census.
Help shape the future of Olathe by participating in the 2020 Census!
Every ten years since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau has taken a headcount of every person living in the United States.
Data collected through the 2020 Census will help shape Olathe’s community for current and future residents, especially as it pertains to funding for roads, emergency services, schools, healthcare and other resources.
The results will also help draw congressional and state legislative districts, as well as determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Census participation letters will begin arriving in Olathe residents’ homes around March 12. Included in the letter will be a code to enter into the website, My2020Census.gov, to complete the Census questionnaire.
This is the first year the Census is available online. If you prefer not to complete your family’s headcount online, you may answer questions by phone or mail. A phone number will be provided on your Census letter.
Toward the end of April, Census workers will visit households who have not yet submitted their questionnaire to do so in person.
Assistance will be provided at both Olathe Public Library locations or by calling 211 and speaking with United Way staff.
Learn more about Census efforts in Olathe and Johnson County.