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.
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.
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.
Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats Alabama has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.
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.
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.