Make Daphne Count! It’s as Simple as 10 QUESTIONS, 10 MINUTES.
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs - impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities like ours are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. The City of Daphne and communities like ours benefit the most when the census counts everyone.
In 2020, we as Daphne citizens and as Alabamians have a tremendous opportunity to positively affect our community’s future for the next 10 years and beyond. How? By taking less than 10 minutes to complete a 2020 Census form.
It is critically important that every Daphne resident is counted. Funding for many important programs that affect health care, education, housing assistance, infrastructure development and more is tied in some form to census data. An accurate count will insure that we receive our fair share of funding for these important programs. Programs Include:
- Medicare Part B
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Pell Grants and Student Loans
- Head Start
- Highway Planning and Construction
- Community Development Grants
How Do I Get Counted?
In March, every address in the country will receive an invitation to complete a simple and confidential questionnaire. There are four ways to respond:
- By phone
- By mail
- In person with a Census taker
When Do I Take the Census?
March 12 - 20: Census postcards are mailed
March 16 - 24: reminder postcards are mailed
March 26 - April 3: 2nd reminder postcards are mailed
April 8 - 16: 3rd reminder postcards are mailed
April 20 - 27: a final reminder postcard is mailed
May - June: Clearly identified Census takers follow-up in person
Every Person Counts!
The Census is critical for determining each state’s representation in Congress and the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding for vital programs like public education, public housing, roads and bridges, and much more. Currently, every Alabama resident counts toward $1,600 in funding per year.
The census is safe, secure and completely confidential. You will answer basic questions about ALL people living or staying at your address including infants, seniors and even non-relatives staying with you. Information includes names, ages, birthdates, race, sex, whether you own or rent, etc. You will NEVER be asked for a social security number or money.