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From the Alabama Counts! 2020 Census website:
Funding to Alabama 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 ensure that the state receives its fair share of funding for these important programs. A recent study by George Washington University indicates that the U.S. government returned almost $1,600 to the state in 2015 for every Alabamian counted in the census.
George Washington University also indicated that a total of more than $13 billion was allocated to Alabama in 2016 from 55 programs that are guided in some part by data derived from the census. All of us either depend on the assistance provided through these programs or know someone who does.
Just a few of the programs and their 2016 obligations in Alabama are:
You may respond in one of three ways:
Some households, mainly in rural areas, will receive a traditional paper form during the first mailing while other households, mainly in metro areas, will receive an invitation to respond online first. By mid-April, everyone who has not yet responded will receive a paper form.