The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Monday, August 3 that the deadline for households to respond to the U.S. 2020 Census has been moved up one month. All census responses are now due by September 30. With this new date comes a renewed sense of urgency and a commitment to counting all Alabamians so that our federal representation, Census-derived funding and ongoing economic development opportunities stand for current and future generations.

The easiest way to fill out your Census is self-response online at, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail. To capture those who have not self responded, Census Bureau workers are now scheduled to begin field work on the week of Monday, August 11. This door-to-door initiative will be safe and secure, with federal Census Bureau workers adhering to all rules of social distancing and face coverings.

On Wednesday, August 12, Alabama Counts!’ ’Drop Everything, Get Counted’ Day will take place statewide, with all Alabama businesses business owners challenged to set aside time for their employees to participate in the Census during work hours. For free digital items to help promote this event, go to

We will also begin a unique activation on September 2 with the launch of the Alabama Census Bowl. This March Madness-style competition among 32 counties throughout Alabama with low self-response rates will last for four weeks, ending September 30. Winners ultimately receiving up to $65,000 in funding for K-12 public school systems. More information about the Census Bowl is coming soon.

We encourage everyone to motivate others to participate and carry us over the finish line.