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City’s appeal to U.S. Census Bureau nets 25,455 residents

City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen has announced that the City’s appeal to the U.S. Census Bureau was successful and the official population of Kansas City, Mo., has been changed from 450,375 to 475,830.

Cauthen challenged the original number based on a DrillDown study conducted by Project Kansas City Urban Market Assets, which is a group that includes the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School’s Cookingham Institute for Urban Affairs and Center for Economic Information, and Social Compact, a non-profit coalition.

“The population of a City is important because it serves as a metric for the federal and state governments in allocating certain types of funding,” Cauthen said. “I’d like to thank the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Social Compact for their work on this study.”

The in-depth DrillDown study uses a multitude of city, state and commercial data records to create a more accurate picture of demographic and economic information in urban core neighborhoods.

“It’s a technical matter to get the count correct, but the City also has a moral and ethical duty to ensure all of its residents are represented equally.” said Sharon Sanders Brooks, City Councilwoman, 3rd District. “Specifically, the study pointed out that the 3rd District is more densely populated than thought and has the second highest purchasing power per acre in the city, which is important information in attracting new development and retaining existing businesses.”Moving forward, Councilwoman Sanders Brooks and the City have worked with the Census Bureau to set up Census job testing and placement services at the Health Department and the Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose FOCUS Center.

Testing sessions at Health Department are held every Friday and sessions at the Mohart Center are every Tuesday and Thursday. Applicants must call ahead to register and learn what forms of identification are required. Information for the Health Department is available at (816) 513-6008 and the Mohart Center at (816) 977-2121.

“These permanent testing sites will help ensure we have an adequate number of qualified Census takers to survey all areas of the City.” Sanders Brooks said. “Having the sites also will provide jobs for a number of our residents.”

For more information, contact Steven Lebofsky in the City Planning and Development Department at (816) 513-2817.

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