U.S. Census


Alabama has ranked last in response to the 2020 US census. 

Numbers recorded from the U.S. Census show that Alabama has had the lowest percentage of households responding out of any other state in the country.   



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officials say Alabama is in danger of losing at least one congressional seat based on its current response rate to the U.S. Census. 

Officials including Gov. Kay Ivey provided an update on the state's standing with the national head count on Tuesday. Ivey says the state's current participation rate of nearly 60% is 2 percentage points behind the national average. That's better than some other Southern states.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Sixteen states and several major cities are opposing a lawsuit by the state of Alabama that would have the U.S. Census count only U.S. citizens and legal residents.

New York, California and 14 other states have asked to intervene against Alabama's lawsuit.

The cities and states argued in a Monday court filing that the Constitution requires an actual enumeration of the population, which means all people regardless of their citizenship or legal status. The Census count is used to determine congressional representation and dole out federal funds.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss Alabama's lawsuit seeking to include only citizens and other legal residents in 2020 U.S. Census counts.

U.S. Department of Commerce made the request in a Friday court filing responding to the state's lawsuit.

The metro area of Huntsville led Alabama's population growth last year according to census data from July 2014 to July 2015.

The Rocket City added more than 4,000 people over a one-year span, the most in the state. That pushed the city to just under 445,000 residents.

According to the data, Baldwin County added almost as many new residents as Huntsville with 3,996. That marked a 2 percent growth in the one-year span, the fastest rate of growth in the state.

The Boom of Baldwin County

Jun 1, 2015

Residents of Baldwin County got some news from the U.S. Census Bureau which may, or may not, come as a surprise. The agency issues reports every ten years on how many people are living in the United States. The Bureau also ranks the fastest growing communities in the U.S., and Baldwin came in at number twelve. This outranks cities like Florida’s tourism mecca in Orlando, and even Raleigh, North Carolina. APR’s MacKenzie Bates reports this is leading to more than a few growing pains for the region.