The census count is coming to an end and St. Clair County and its municipalities are leaps and bounds above both the state and national count.
As of Sept. 8, Alabama has a 62 percent response rate with St. Clair County making up 67.8 percent of that number. In 2010, St. Clair County had a 62.9 percent response rate.
St. Clair County is currently 5th in the state when it comes to response rates but the county is hoping to reach its goal of 90 percent before the count ends on Sept. 30.
Alabamians can fill out the 10-question Census online at my2020Census.gov, by phone at 1-844-330-2020 or by traditional paper form. Socially distanced door-to-door Census takers are also targeting households statewide that have been identified as current non-participants. Any information given in the 2020 Census is protected by strict federal law.
“Folks, it’s now or never, and this is the time to act and to ensure Alabama has the future we hope to plan for,” added Governor Ivey. “These last few weeks of Census 2020 are vital to our future as our federal representation, our economic development opportunities and our communities — and their citizens — will be impacted negatively unless we have a proper count.”
Election Clerk Deborah Howard gave a breakdown of response rate by municipalities with Springville having the highest response rate at 79.6 percent and Ashville having the lowest at 52 percent.
“I’ve said it since our March kick-off, and I will say it again: Alabama stands to lose too much if we do not reach our goal of maximum participation,” said Governor Ivey. “This isn’t just money for our state — it’s money for our small communities, for our educational systems, for our roads and for our children. There is simply too much community funding at stake here to disregard this final call.”
Governor Ivey’s office — alongside the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and Alabama Counts! — has worked since March to ensure participation numbers statewide meet the mark. Recently, these efforts included the September 2 launch of the Alabama Census Bowl, in which low-responding counties have the chance to win $65,000 for their schools through Census participation.
“It takes a matter of six minutes to play your part in determining the future of our state by completing the census,” said Governor Ivey. “These integral six minutes will determine what our communities will look like, what our children’s education will be, and even what our healthcare can provide throughout the next decade.”