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Missouri Census 2020

Missouri Census 2020

The 2020 Census is open, with self-response available at or at 844-330-2020. Go online or call now. Completing the 2020 Census form makes sure the hard-earned tax dollars we send to Washington, D.C., make their way back to our state. Additional information and resources are available from the Missouri Foundation for Health 2020 Census Partner Hub and below.

The U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted operations and issued additional guidance due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19:


Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to count every person — whatever their age or citizenship status — living in the United States.


The U.S. Census helps determine federal funding, services and political representation for each state for the next 10 years. The information also helps local communities — and partners like MU Extension — plan for future needs and challenges.

The 2020 Census is our chance to make sure the tax dollars we send to Washington, D.C., make their way back to Missouri.

“Getting an accurate count is one of the most important things you can do for a community’s economic development.”
— Pam Duitsman, county engagement specialist in community economic development, Christian County

When every person living in Missouri is counted — regardless of age or citizenship status — we get more money for jobs, schools, housing, roads and bridges, hospitals and more.

For every adult and child NOT counted in the last census, Missouri lost $1,300 in federal dollars every year for the last 10 years — $13,000 fewer federal dollars for every uncounted person.

In 2020, be sure you are counted because Missouri counts! You count!


From March to Aug. 14, 2020: Each person should be counted according to where they are residing on April 1, 2020 — or where they typically would be on that date were it not for the current disruptions. For example, MU students who have gone back to their family homes during this period of remote learning would still count themselves as living in Columbia. This also applies to the general population: Adults who might be elsewhere on April 1, temporarily living with family members in another community, for instance, should still count themselves as living where they normally reside.

Getting started:

Step 1

  • Contact and/or coordinate with existing local Complete Count committee.
  • If none, reach out to likely community/county partners to form one. (e.g., local governments, county council, libraries, schools, non-profits, community leaders)
  • Federal and state census contacts will provide materials, speakers, etc. to all official Complete Count committees. Be sure your committee is officially on the Complete Count list.

Step 2

  • Support local Complete Count efforts.
  • Widely share the link to this website.
  • Promote and inform via county MU Extension Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest platforms. (Use the #MissouriCounts hashtag)
  • Be part of a speakers’ bureau or other community-wide efforts.
  • Explore and share the resources below.
“The census ties into where money and resources are. If we’re working to improve our counties, communities and state, it’s important for our leaders and government to know where there are people. An accurate census count is one important tool that helps MU Extension, too, have a better picture of the communities and people we serve and their needs.”
— Dwayne T. James, county engagement specialist in community economic development, St. Louis County

U.S. Census 2020: Missouri Social Media


Key Census Dates/Timeline

Confidentiality/Privacy Concerns

Specialized Resources

2020 Census Jobs

Questions? Need help finding resources?
Contact Tracy Feller, director of strategic partnerships
MU Extension: 573-882-4134