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The U.S. Census is a count of every resident of the United States, completed every 10 years as required by Article I, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. The information gathered during this decennial enumeration determines 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 $675 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.

ADECA 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.  ADECA 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.

The next Census is in 2020, and ADECA is already involved in planning and preparation activities.

News / Announcements

Complete Count Committee

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Complete Count Committee (CCC) Informational Meetings. Come out and learn about Census 2020 CCC. All meetings are free and open to the public.

July 25, 2018 - Southern Union State Community College, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
1750 Roberts St., Wadley, AL 36276

Dawn Landholm -
Vicki Mack -

Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) Training

See a demonstration of the Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) for the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program - click here.

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.

Other Census Programs

Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

The Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census. More...

Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)

The 2020 Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) allows invited participants to review and update selected statistical area boundaries for 2020 Census data tabulation following U.S. Census Bureau guidelines and criteria. The Census Bureau also will use the statistical areas defined for the 2020 Census to tabulate data for the annual American Community Survey (ACS) estimates and the Economic Census. More...

Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas. The BAS is used to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governments. More...

American Community Survey (ACS)

The American Community Survey (ACS) helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation. More...

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is the premier source of information for income and program participation. SIPP collects data and measures change for many topics including: economic well-being, family dynamics, education, assets, health insurance, childcare, and food security. More...

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys each year. To find more information on a specific survey or program click here.

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