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You Count! Your Family Counts!

The U.S.  Census Bureau conducts a census of the United States every 10 years, going all the way back to 1790.  The data collected during the census is used in a variety of ways that affect decisions regarding community services provided to residents and the distribution of federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year.  This funding supports local programs for schools, health care, community assistance, infrastructure and other important needs.   The census also determines the number of representatives each state will have in Congress.

The census counts every person – both adults and children – living in the United States.  This information helps monitor changes in communities and is used to identify and address public service needs such as health care, education, public safety, housing, food and rural access to broadband.

On or around April 1, 2020, each Alabama household will receive a postcard from the U.S.  Census Bureau with instructions on how to complete the census.  You may respond in three ways:  online, telephone or traditional paper form.

You can complete online

For the first time, you will be able to complete your census form online using the information included on the postcard.  You will be able to fill out your electronic form by using a complete, smart phone or tablet.  Leeds Counts! will be working with agencies and organizations to secure public locations across our city where you may fill out your online census form.

You will also be able to call a toll-free number to complete the census over the phone or request a traditional paper form.  This information will be on the postcard mailed by the Census Bureau.

If you do you respond before May 2020, U.S. Census Bureau employees will visit your place of residence to conduct a count.

It's safe and secure

The census is completely safe and secure.  All of the information that you provide to the U.S. Census Bureau is confidential and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.  Anyone who violates this law faces severe penalties.  The law is found in Title 13 of the U.S. Code. More at:  https://www.census.gov/about/policies/privacy/data_stewardship.html

Timeline

  • March 2020 – Us Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census
  • April 1, 2020 – Census Day
  • Late April 2020 – Reminder postcard
  • May 2020 – U.S. Census Bureau will follow up with households who have not responded

Leeds Counts! 2020

Don’t sit on the sidelines.  Take action.  Show them that you count, that Leeds Counts by completing your census form.