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The next census of the United States will be taken in 2020. A full and accurate count is critical for Alabama’s communities because many of the federal programs distribute money to the state based on statistics. An under count or drop in census numbers for Alabama will mean less funding allocated to the state and - as an extension – to your community.

The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.  The purpose is to conduct a census of population and housing and disseminate results to the President, the states, and the American people.  The primary uses for decennial census data are:

  • Reapportionment
  • Government Resource Allocation
  • Redistricting
  • Demographic Data

All responses to Census Bureau surveys and censuses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep respondent information confidential. Census Bureau will never share a respondent’s personal information with immigration enforcement agencies; law enforcement agencies; or allow it to be used to determine their eligibility for government benefits. The results from any census or survey are reported in statistical format only.

ADECA serves as liaison between the State of Alabama and the Census Bureau and is already working to encourage maximum participation in the 2020 census. ADECA is also the certifying official for annexations and boundary changes and works with local officials to ensure that Census boundary records are accurate and up-to-date.


2020 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs in Alabama. For more information and to apply, visit

State Partnership Specialist, GG-0301-11/12 in the Atlanta Regional Census Center opened on Tuesday, December 05, 2018 and will close at 11:59 p.m., EST, on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

State Partnership Specialist information


What You Need to Know about the 2020 Census

Census 101: What You Need to Know

Use the following two interactive map applications to identify hard-to-survey areas and to provide a socioeconomic and demographic characteristic profile of these areas using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates:

Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)

HTC 2020



State Data Center

ADECA serves as a coordinating agency for the U. S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program and responds to requests for Census and other statistical data from citizens and other state agencies. Census data is also interpreted and analyzed for state and local applications.


Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates (FSCPE)

The Census Bureau’s Estimates Program produces population and income estimates for all states and counties and population estimates for incorporated places. Many grant programs use federal estimates to set funding levels for local areas.

Other Census Programs

Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

The Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census. More...

Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)

The 2020 Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) allows invited participants to review and update selected statistical area boundaries for 2020 Census data tabulation following U.S. Census Bureau guidelines and criteria. The Census Bureau also will use the statistical areas defined for the 2020 Census to tabulate data for the annual American Community Survey (ACS) estimates and the Economic Census. More...

Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas. The BAS is used to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governments. More...

American Community Survey (ACS)

The American Community Survey (ACS) helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation. More...

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is the premier source of information for income and program participation. SIPP collects data and measures change for many topics including: economic well-being, family dynamics, education, assets, health insurance, childcare, and food security. More...

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys each year. To find more information on a specific survey or program click here.

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