2020 Census – Let’s Earn $2021

Joy Trotter,

Meade County Public Library


 It’s time for the 2020 United States Census. The Census aims to count every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. The 2020 Census includes 10 short questions and should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Between March 12th and March 20th invitations to respond will be sent, with a reminder letter coming shortly after. These invitations will include directions on how to respond online or by phone. Paper response packets will be sent to areas of low internet connectivity, or to households who haven’t responded otherwise by April 8th.

The 2020 Census will ask questions about name, race, age/date of birth, sex, family relationships, number of people living at an address, and whether a home is rented or owned. The Census will NOT ask for a social security number, a credit card number, or citizenship status. The Census Bureau will also not make phone calls to follow up for information. All information will be gathered via online responses, phone calls from the public to the Census Bureau hotline, or in-home visits from Census Bureau employees. Census responses are kept confidential. By law, they are prohibited from being shared with anyone, including law enforcement, courts, or any other governing agency.

 Meade County will receive $2,021 every year, for ten years, for every person counted in the Census. In addition to the monetary funds, the data compiled from responses is used to draw school district boundaries, plan health and educational services for individuals with disabilities, and create maps to speed emergency personnel to households in need of assistance. Data is used to attract new business to local areas and understand consumer needs. Results help to draw congressional and state legislative districts, and determine the number of seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives.

 Participation in the Census is required by law and provides vital information to be used at a local, state, and national level. Meade County Public Library is partnering with local government and community leaders to provide assistance with completing the Census. Any person in Meade County is eligible to use the computers in the library to complete their Census responses. Library personnel will be available to assist patrons with computer navigation. The Census Bureau also offers a toll-free phone hotline in 13 languages for people who need additional help or translation to complete the Census.

 More information about the 2020 Census can be found at www.2020census.gov.

 Questions about MCPL’s participation in the Census, or about Library programs in general can be answered by calling the library at (270)422-2094, or visiting the website at www.meadereads.org.

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