Simply...Garnett, Kansas

  • The census directly impacts the funding your city, county and school district will receive over the next decade. 
  • An accurate census helps ensure fair representation at all levels of government.
  • Government, major community stakeholders, and business use Census data for infrastructure and transportation planning, emergency preparedness, disaster relief, education planning, medical planning, community grants, statistical information, determining new markets and where to expand businesses, location of retail outlets, workforce development and more.

How does the census impact healthcare funding?
Medicaid – Over 480,000 Kansans were enrolled in Medicaid in 2016. 
Medicare Part B expenditures contribute over half a billion dollars to the Kansas economy.
State Children’s Health Insurance Program – Over $112 million with 73,223 Kansas kids enrolled.
Health Care Centers - $39 million in Kansas.

How does the census impact K-12 education funding?
46.4% of public school children in Kansas are enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch program.
Kansas receives over $137 million for school breakfast and lunch programs.
Title 1 is the largest federal aid program for public schools. Local educational agencies in Kansas receive $109 million in Title 1 grants (FY2016).

How does the census impact higher education funding?
55% of undergraduate students in the U.S. receive federal aid.
Kansas has 118,480 undergraduate students enrolled at a Regents institution for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Federal District Student Loans – Nearly $900 million in Kansas.
Federal Pell Grants – Over $221 million in Kansas.
Among undergraduate students, the average Federal subsidized direct loan is $3,700 and the average unsubsidized direct loan is $4,000.

How does the census impact rural funding?

Rural communities in Kansas received nearly $15 million from water and waste disposal program. This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
Rural electrification loans and loan guarantees provide $53,818,000 in Kansas (FY2016). This helps finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission and generation facilities in rural areas.
In addition to well-known federal programs like Medicare, school lunches, and student loans utilized in rural areas, there are also federal aid programs specifically for rural areas.
The Rural Rental Assistance program spent $13,273.592 to reduce the rent paid by low-income families who live in eligible housing units.

If you don’t count, Garnett/Anderson County doesn’t count. Help Kansas Count! Complete your census now. Thank you!

For each household missed in Kansas, our state could lose approximately $55,466.40 per home over a 10-year period. Click on the images (right) to see what the impact is for each community within Anderson County.

  As of September 14th, there are only 16 days left to respond to the 2020 Census.  Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announces the 2020 Census will stop collecting responses on September 30th - 31 days earlier than the previously announced October 31st deadline. The Census Bureau modified the timeline in order to meet the statutory deadline to deliver apportionment counts to the president by December 31, 2020.
  What does this mean? URGENCY!  It means census bureau workers have 31 fewer days to collect responses from households who have not responded to the census - which is 32.9% of our state's population. That's 1 in 3 households and translates into over $2,000 per person loss in funding per year for each individual not counted.

  The road to recovery from COVID-19 is going to be long, but we will get there. And when we do, we need to be sure that Garnett and all communities in Anderson County have thriving local economies: fully funded healthcare in case we get sick, schools that are not overcrowded, and programs for all our kids who need them. Billions of dollars will be distributed every year for the next ten years based on the results of the 2020 Census. Complete your Census form today.

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If you don’t count, Garnett/Anderson County doesn’t count. Help Kansas Count! Complete your census. Thank you!

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Census update 09/14/2020:   URGENT!

Why you should participate in the 2020 census...

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Garnett                                         Colony                                              Greeley

Census counts are used in distributing over $6 billion in federal funds EVERY year in Kansas. This translates to $2,082 per person per year. These dollars help fund:

  • Education
  • School lunch programs
  • Head Start programs
  • Women, infants and children (WIC)
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Transportation
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

See funding to Kansas from 55 large federal programs at

What is the census? The census is a count of all persons living in the United States. It is conducted every 10 years by the federal government and is required by the U.S. Constitution.

It is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, how federal and state legislative districts are redrawn, and the appropriation of federally funded programs.

Census Day Day is April 1, 2020. Data collection began in March and continues through August 2020.  Households would have received a postcard with instructions for completing the census beginning in March. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Census will NOT call or email you. The Census Bureau will never share a respondent’s personal information with other government agencies. Data are only released in summary tables. No individual records are released.

To ensure that you count, Garnett counts, and Kansas counts, please complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone or by mail today! For more information please visit:


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Garnett Complete Count Committee Questions

Contact Us

131 W. 5th Avenue 
Garnett, KS  66032 
Tele: 785.448.5496

Garnett Complete Count Committee: Desiree Donovan-Chair (City), Don Blome (USD 365), Julie Wettstein (County), Kris Hix (Chamber of Commerce), Susan Wettstein (City-Community Development).

The League of Kansas Municipalities
Kansas State Data Center
Mid-America Regional Council

Response Rate (as of 09/14/2020):

  Anderson County - 67.1%

  Colony - 51.5%

  Garnett - 70.8%

  Greeley - 46.2%

  Kincaid - 28.4%

  Westphalia - 40.3%

  Kansas State Average - 69.1%

  National Average - 65.8%

The Direct Impact of Being Counted...

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