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Aug. 5, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Aug. 3 that the deadline for households to respond to the U.S. 2020 Census has been moved up one month. All census responses are now due by Sept. 30.

If you haven't already filled out your response to the 2020 census, the easiest way to complete it is online at, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail. To capture those who have not self-responded, Census Bureau workers are now scheduled to begin field work the week of Aug. 10. This door-to-door initiative will be safe and secure, with federal Census Bureau workers adhering to all rules of social distancing and face coverings.

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, Alabama Counts!’ ’Drop Everything, Get Counted’ Day will take place statewide, with all Alabama business owners challenged to set aside time for their employees to participate in the census during work hours. For free digital items to help promote this event, go to

Federal dollars received by APLS are based on census results, and your library's funding will be directly impacted by census data. Alabama's census response rate is currently 60.7 percent, three points lower than the national rate of 63.7 percent.