Visit the official Alabama Counts Census website at Census.Alabama.gov

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.


What is Alabama Counts?

The Alabama Counts! 2020 Census Committee (Alabama Counts) 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.

Governor Kay Ivey signed an executive order on Aug. 20, 2018, establishing the committee, and the director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), Kenneth Boswell, serves as the chair. The committee is divided into eight subcommittees designed to reach all areas of Alabama:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Faith-based Groups
  • Community-based Groups
  • Economic Development/Industry
  • Health Care
  • Rural
  • Outreach

Why does the 2020 Census matter to Alabama?

Alabama has much at stake with the 2020 Census. Due to our state’s slowed population growth, we are in danger of losing at least one of our seven congressional seats, as well as federal funding that benefits our families, children, and communities. According to the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, Alabama currently receives $1,567 per capita through census-guided programs – this funding affects everyone. Fortunately, by participating in the 2020 Census we can protect our most valuable resources, including hospitals, police and fire departments, schools, and roads and bridges.

The census is essential, which is why we must take matters into our own hands – together, we can control Alabama’s future. In 2010, 72 percent of Alabamians completed the census. This will not be enough in 2020, which is why we must ensure our 2020 Census count is complete, accurate, and fair.

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 2020Census.gov/jobs.


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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