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Thursday: Why The 2020 Census Matters For Missouri

Mar 11, 2020

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This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” at noon Thursday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Across the metro area, residents of both Missouri and Illinois should start expecting a letter in their mailboxes that only makes its appearance once every 10 years. Forms for the 2020 census are expected to begin to arrive March 12.

Information compiled in those forms does more than just count the state’s residential population. It also has big impacts for state and local governments.

For every adult and child not counted, the state will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year. That’s funding that could go towards roads and bridges, hospitals and schools. There are political implications as well — in 2010, both Missouri and Illinois lost a seat in Congress due to slow population growth. 

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will delve into why filling out the census is important, what’s different on this year’s form, and how the coronavirus pandemic could affect population counts.

Joining the discussion to answer questions about the process and address potential concerns will be Alex Rankin. She is Missouri Foundation of Health's interim director of health policy and is running the organization’s efforts to promote the 2020 census. 

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