State census count nears

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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Beginning soon or around March 13, each Alabama household will receive a postcard from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to complete the 2020 census, according to release.

Those participating can respond in three ways – online, by telephone or traditional paper form.

The census counts every person – both adults and children – living in the United States. This information helps monitor changes in communities and is used to identify and address public service needs such as health care, education, public safety, housing, food and rural access to broadband.

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According to a release, the research was compiled by surveying participants from all of Alabama’s 67 counties, and was commissioned by Alabama Counts! and conducted by Birmingham-based New South Research.

“It’s important for us to understand each county’s odds of participating in the Census as well as accompanying motivations in order to understand how we can increase participation in apathetic areas,” Alabama Counts! Chair and Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Director Kenneth Boswell said in a release. “We can be more intentional in our outreach and education efforts in areas where we see the biggest need.”

The Alabama Counts! 2020 Census Committee is an advisory group composed of public and private statewide organizations committed to working together to ensure each Alabamian is counted in the 2020 Census. Alabama Counts! builds trust in communities and promotes the 2020 Census. Through these efforts, we are striving for maximum participation in every community across the state.

For more information on the Census, visit