BE COUNTED, HUNTSVILLE!
The Census count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone or by mail.
The goal of the U.S. Census Bureau is to count everyone once, only once and in the right place.
OUR HUNTSVILLE EFFORT
Ten minutes of time spent filling out the 2020 Census will have a ten-year impact on the future of Huntsville and the quality of life for its citizens. The City of Huntsville’s “Complete Count” effort includes representatives from government, nonprofits, private industry and citizens.
Organized through the City’s Planning Department, Huntsville’s Complete Count Committee and subcommittees aim to get the Rocket City as close to a 100% count as possible, and they need your help to do it. Volunteer at a Census “get out the count” event and share the word with your followers on social media. Details below.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The 2020 count will impact local redistricting for City Council and School Board elected offices in addition to the number of seats representing the State of Alabama in the U.S. Congress. The data will determine where more than $675 billion in federal dollars is allocated across the U.S. per year. In addition, an accurate count is essential for the City of Huntsville as Census data is used for public safety and emergency preparedness. The data also helps determine where to build local schools, libraries, police and fire stations.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.
Have time or talent to dedicate to get out the word out about the 2020 Census? Currently, the Complete Count Committee is especially in need of Spanish speaking volunteers. Volunteer to help with the Volunteer Center of Madison County’s website.
March 12 – 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
March 30 – April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
#2020 CENSUS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Sharing posts that you’re being counted, changing your default and cover photos on your social media accounts and using local and national Census hashtags are just a few of the ways you can help get out the count using your social media channels.
Please note: As of March 20, 2020, the map shows 2020 Census count numbers.