Category: Census

$13 Billion and a U.S. House Seat Ride on Participation in This Year’s Census

Gov. Kay Ivey and state census officials say participation by Alabamians in this year’s census “will make or break” the state.

Poor census participation by state residents could result in the state losing a member of the U.S. House and about $13 billion in federal health care and education funds.

Anyone living in Alabama on Friday is being asked to complete the census. For the first time, the census can be completed online, as well as by phone or mail.

Letters encouraging residents to complete the census are now being mailed to Alabamians.

Kenneth Boswell, director of the Alabama Department of Community Affairs, is spearheading the census in Alabama. Boswell and Ivey pointed out that federal funding disbursements are tied to census data.

“It is the most important census the state has ever seen,” Boswell said. Read more.