2020 Census to Make Big Difference for Alabama

This spring Alabamians have a big opportunity to affect the state’s future in a major way. The 2020 Census will dictate the distribution of over $675 billion in federal funding to local and state governments. This funding supports schools, healthcare, infrastructure, community assistance and more. And its impact can last for decades to come in more ways than one. 

"We're calling on residents in Baldwin County to show up and be counted," said Eastern Shore Chamber President Casey Williams. "Not all counties in Alabama are growing. Since we've seen incredible growth here in Baldwin County, it's essential for everyone here to complete the census so we'll get our fair share of federal dollars and minimize the risk of losing a congressional seat."

The census, which dates all the way back to 1790, counts every person – both adults and children – living in the United States. This information gathered is then used to monitor changes in communities, identify and address public service needs such as health care, education, public safety, housing, food, and rural access to broadband. The Census Bureau also uses the data to determine the number of seats each state has.in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Starting March 12, 2020, each Alabama household will receive a notification in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau. It will contain instructions for how to complete the census. Residents can respond online, by phone or via traditional paper form. The survey takes less than 6 minutes to complete. Each participant’s information is protected by law.

The Alabama Counts! 2020 Census Committee, an organization dedicated to the Census and its importance to the state, is leading the effort to ensure Alabamians are prepared to complete and return the form. The committee was created by Gov. Kay Ivey in an executive order in August 2018.

Participation in the census is of the highest importance, since the next 10 years of federal funding will be determined by the survey. It is estimated that in 2016, more than $13 billion was allocated to the state of Alabama from programs affected by the previous census. 2020’s census will have even more money at stake for families in Alabama. Government employees, teachers, church leaders, business owners, and residents alike have much at stake. Alabama Counts! encourages everyone to talk to those in their communities about the 2020 Census and its importance to them and their families. More information is available at www.alabama2020census.com.


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