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 $675 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 state funding 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.
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 87%.
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.