2020 Census –
Regional Complete Count Committee

The SMCOG Executive Board voted to establish a Regional Complete Count Committee (RCCC) to support the 2020 Census count. The purpose of the Regional Complete Count Committee (RCCC) is to:


  • Utilize local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts.

  • Provide a vehicle for coordinating and nurturing cooperative efforts between state, and local governments; communities; and the Census Bureau.

  • Help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.


Census data is used to distribute more than $900 billion in federal funds each year and determines the number of Congressional districts for each state. The Missouri State Demographer estimates the State lost out on more than $8 billion in federal funds over 10 years because of a low count in 2010.


Census data is important to many local government planning efforts and operations and helps private businesses and organizations make important decisions. Here is a list of 50 ways Census data is used. 


The RCCC will guide initiatives within the region for public outreach and education efforts. The Committee will host media events and distribute information and resources to help ensure a complete count in SW Missouri. Click here to view the SW MO RCCC Kickoff Presentation from July 30, 2019.


Below is a map illustrating the return rate for the 2010 Census by Census Tract. The regional goal for 2020 is to have a return rate of over 90%.

































For more information about the Regional Complete Count Committee or to find out how you can get involved, contact the SMCOG Executive Director, Jason Ray.

Children and the Census

The Census Bureau acknowledges the long-standing undercount of young children in decennial censuses and in Census Bureau surveys. Evaluations show that Census Bureau surveys like the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation also undercount young children, which can result in biased survey estimates.

In response to this pervasive issue, the Census Bureau has spent years researching children who were missed in the 2010 Census and taken many steps to attempt to reduce this undercount in the 2020 Census. Read a summary of research on the undercount of young children in the 2010 Census on the Census website.

Read the Annie E Casey Foundation 2019 Kids Count Data Book which examines how America’s child population has changed, demographically and geographically. The report contains data on how Missouri compares to all other states in child well-being.

Regional Resources:
Everyone Counts Printable Flyer - Patriotic Theme

Everyone Counts Printable Flyer (4/page) - Patriotic Theme
One-side Flier and Web Graphic - Patriotic Theme

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