Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs - impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities like ours are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. The City of Daphne and communities like ours benefit the most when the census counts everyone.
In 2020, we as Daphne citizens and as Alabamians have a tremendous opportunity to positively affect our community’s future for the next 10 years and beyond. How? By taking less than 10 minutes to complete a 2020 Census form.
It is critically important that every Daphne resident is counted. Funding for many important programs that affect health care, education, housing assistance, infrastructure development and more is tied in some form to census data. An accurate count will insure that we receive our fair share of funding for these important programs. Programs Include:
- Medicare Part B
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Pell Grants and Student Loans
- Head Start
- Highway Planning and Construction
- Community Development Grants
Every Person Counts
You have a direct impact in the outcome of the 2020 Census. The results can help Daphne secure a fair share of funding. Census results can also help Alabama maintain fair representation in Congress. Completing it is a simple civic duty with tremendous impact.
The census is safe, secure and completely confidential. You will answer basic questions about ALL people living or staying at your address including infants, seniors and even non-relatives staying with you. Information includes names, ages, birthdates, race, sex, whether you own or rent, etc. You will NEVER be asked for a social security number or money.
March 2020 – invitations are mailed with three ways to respond:
- Over the phone
- Traditional paper form upon request
April 2020 – reminders mailed to households that haven’t responded
June and July 2020 – Clearly identified Census takers go door to door to those who have not responded.