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The U.S. Census is a count of every resident of the United States, done every 10 years as required by Article I, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. The information gathered during this decennial enumeration is used to determine how many Congressional seats each state gets, what community services are needed in each community and how much federal grant money will be given to state, local and tribal communities.

More than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed each year for community programs across the nation. These programs include Medicaid, WIC, Title 1 grants to school districts, education programs for individuals with disabilities, highway planning and construction, community development block grants and much more.

How does the Census work?

In March of the census year, the U.S. Census Bureau sends out questionnaires to every household in America. The head of the household answers 10 basic questions regarding the number of residents living there as of April 1, the type of home, the home’s telephone number and the name, age, sex and race of each resident. Then the form is mailed back to the Census Bureau, in a prepaid envelope.

Census takers follow up after April 1 by visiting any homes for which a completed questionnaire was not received.

Census Liaison

Here at ADECA, the director of the Communications and Information Division serves as liaison between the State of Alabama and the Census Bureau. A primary responsibility is to work with the Bureau to ensure that every Alabama resident is counted in the Census. Because Census-based formulas are often used to determine the amount of financial assistance available to local communities, a complete and accurate count is a vital concern.

The CID director is also the certifying official for annexations and boundary changes and works with local officials to ensure that Census boundary records are accurate and up-to-date.

State Data Center

ADECA serves as a coordinating agency for the U. S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program and responds to requests for Census and other statistical data from citizens and other state agencies. Census data is also interpreted and analyzed for state and local applications.

Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates (FSCPE)

The Census Bureau’s Estimates Program produces population and income estimates for all states and counties and population estimates for incorporated places. Many grant programs use federal estimates to set funding levels for local areas.

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