The extended deadline to complete the 2020 Census ended on October 15, with St. Clair County seeing a higher self-response rate than the state average, as well as a higher average for the county than in 2010.
The self-response rate for the 2020 Census nationwide was 67 percent. Alabama underperformed when compared to the national average, coming in at 63.6 percent.
However, St. Clair County surpassed not only statewide numbers, but also nationwide numbers, with a self-response rate of 70 percent. In the 2010 Census, St. Clair County’s self-response rate was 62.9 percent.
Springville led the way with a self-response rate of 82 percent. Other high numbers include Leeds at 73.4 percent and Pell City at 69 percent.
The deadline was originally scheduled for the end of May but, due to the delay and disruption of the novel coronavirus, the deadline was extended to the end of June before being extended again to the middle of October for responses.
The state’s self-response rate combined with home visits by Census Bureau workers to collect information from those who did not respond gave Alabama an overall household response rate of 99.9 percent, on par with 48 other U.S. states.
“Over the past several months, Alabamians have come together during these challenging times to complete their 2020 Census, heeding our messages about how vital this count would be to shaping the future of our state,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “We’re hopeful that the spirit of our citizens in this effort will translate into good news for Alabama down the road.”
The census takes place every 10 years and data from it is used to determine representation in the United States House of Representatives and electoral college votes.
Alabama stands to lose two Congressional seats if there is an undercount of the state’s population. Census figures are also used to allocate federal funds for schools, hospitals, health care, food programs, transportation and many grants. The population figures are also used to draw Alabama House and Senate districts.