CBER Reviews Alabama Addresses for 2020 Census

CBER Reviews Alabama Addresses for 2020 Census

  • March 3rd, 2020

The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) is working with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure a complete count for the 2020 Census by reviewing Alabama’s address files. Local governments and planning agencies responded to our call for data, and CBER was able to verify, clean, and update addresses throughout the state. These addresses were submitted to the Census Bureau, where they will be added to the Census Master Address File and used to enumerate the 2020 Census.

At CBER we know that good data is essential for quality analyses and impactful results. This is why CBER is taking its role in the 2020 Census Count Review seriously. A recent study by George Washington University shows that in FY2016 Alabama was allocated over $13 billion in federal funding to support programs throughout the state. This funding is based on data collected in the decennial census, and an undercount in 2020 could mean underfunding for essential federal programs throughout Alabama like Medicaid; SNAP; Highway Planning and Construction; and Pell Grants, to name a few. 

Alabama’s address files for the 2020 Census are looking great, thanks to cooperation from local governments and planning agencies throughout the state. Now, it is up to you to participate and encourage others to do the same. Invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will arrive in the mail March 12-20 with instructions for responding online, so stay on the lookout for this exciting and important way to make sure that Alabama Counts!