Every 10 years, the U.S. census is sent to every household in the country. It contains 10 simple questions and only takes 6 minutes to complete. It’s a safe and secure way to obtain $13 billion in funding for our state’s future. TAKE THE CENSUS
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Frequently Asked Questions


The 2020 Census is closer than you think! Here's a quick refresher of what it is and why it's essential that everyone is counted.

It’s about $13 billion.

The distribution of $13 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to our state’s, counties, and communities are based on the census data. That money is spent on schools, healthcare, hospitals, roads, and other vital programs.

It’s about fair representation.

Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats Alabama gets. We stand to lose a representative without an accurate count.

Census data is being used all around you.

Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.

It's in the Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.

Taking part is your civic duty.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.

What is the census?

The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape the future of Alabama.

What’s in it for me?

Your responses inform where over $13 billion is distributed each year to your communities, schools, clinics, roads, and more.


Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future.


Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.


Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats Alabama has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Is my information safe?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.

What will I be asked?

You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.

When can I respond to the census?

In early 2020, every household in Alabama will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.

What won’t be asked?

The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

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