Census response lags in Winston County

WINSTON COUNTY - Each and every person is worth $1,600 to the State of Alabama in federal funds each year. Do you want the money to be spent here or in another state? Make sure your household, along with households of friends and relatives, have completed the 2020 Census.
At the time the Coronavirus-19 struck Alabama, residents nationwide began receiving invitations and letters to go online and complete the 2020 Census. At roughly 25 percent as of Monday, March 23, a good portion of citizens statewide had responded to the census online so far. However, that is still not sufficient.
“There’s a lot at stake with this census,” Governor Kay Ivey stressed. “If we turn out at the rate we did in 2000, we will lose two congressional seats. If we turn out to the rate we had in 2010, we’ll lose one. My goal for this census is to reach at least 80 percent participation rate. My administration will do everything we possibly can to make sure we are successful in this effort.”
“Residents in Winston County want retailers,” Keith Jones, executive director of the North Alabama Council of Local Governments, explained. “Suppliers look at past demographics.” Jones stressed the importance of the census.
If the demographics are not there, what happens then? There is a good chance the retailer will skip over the place with insufficient demographics and move on elsewhere, Jones indicated.
Beginning this past Saturday, those who have not responded will be getting a reminder postcard. Between April 6 - 18, a reminder letter and paper form will be mailed. Between April 20 - 27, a final reminder postcard will be mailed before a worker visits in person.
For one or two in the household, it literally takes a couple minutes to do. Go to my2020census.gov to fill yours out. It takes a couple minutes every 10 years.
As of March 26, most municipalities in Winston County were looking up, but the county still only has a response rate of 26.3 percent, while the state has 31.8 percent. Alabama was ranked 17th in the nation on that day at 31.8 percent.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population. The 2020 Census will count everyone who lives in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years.


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