2020 Census

Get Counted During the #2020Census

Trails Regional Library is working with the United States Census to make sure Johnson and Lafayette Counties get an accurate count. We're hosting Census Taker recruiting events, sharing information and awareness about common Census misconceptions, and we're helping folks complete their Census online in our branches on library computers.

Achieving a complete count requires more than 500,000 temporary workers. Rates start at $16.50 and reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses is included! Recruiters will be present to assist with online applications at the following branches:

  • Odessa - November 6, 9am-12pm
  • Lexington - November 6, 1pm-5pm
  • Waverly - November 11, 9am-12pm
  • Corder - November 11, 1pm-4pm
  • Concordia - November 12, 9am-12pm

Learn more here: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html



There are many misconceptions about the Census. Let us help you understand the importance!

Responding is important.
The 2020 Census will influence community funding and congressional representation for the next decade. Information collected in the census will inform the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds for states and communities each year. That includes money for things like:

  • First responders
  • Medicare Part B
  • Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
  • Libraries and community centers
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program

All 2020 Census responses are kept confidential and private. It’s the law. Your responses cannot be shared and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way. It’s also an oath every Census Bureau employee must swear to uphold.

The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions

During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

There are many ways to respond. Beginning in mid-March 2020, you can respond to the census. Many libraries, including all branches of Trails Regional Library, and community centers will have public computers available for you to respond online at 2020CENSUS.GOV. You can also respond by phone. Census takers will work with shelters, meal centers, group homes, and other places where you may receive services to make sure everyone is counted, including babies and young children. If you or your children are staying with a relative or friend, make sure they include you on their census response form.

Choose the option that is most comfortable for you. Large-print guides to the questionnaire are available upon request. From May – July 2020, census takers will visit households that have not yet responded. A census taker can assist if you need help completing your form.