It's time for the 2020 Census and according to the numbers, West Alabama is lagging in their Census response.

According to the Gadsen Times, less than half of West Alabama households have been counted in the 2020 Census. Many aren't interested in completing the 2020 Census because they feel it's not important or doesn't know what the benefit of completing the Census will be. The Census is used to count everyone living in the United States, and the results are used to help decide how billions of federal funding dollars will be spent in states and communities. If you've ever wanted the federal government to assist financially in your neighborhood, and wondered why the money was limited, this is the time to step up and complete the census. Not only for yourself and your household but encourage friends and family to complete the 2020 Census as well.

Other concerns are those of privacy. The Census asks for information on your address and other information that many aren't comfortable sharing with just anybody. Keep in mind that the U.S Census Bureau is "bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court."

The 2020 Census takes less than 10 minutes to fill out but the results have a lasting impact on your community. Not months, but years of spending for education, development grants, and more. We encourage you to complete the 2020 Census as we still have time. The deadline has been extended due to COVID-19 to Oct. 31st according to the Census website. You can complete the 2020 Census by mail, phone, or online at


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