2020 Census


The City of Gulf Shores would like to encourage all of our resident to participate in the 2020 Census.

An accurate census count is important for programs like health care, education, roads and bridges, jobs, congressional representation and more. Specifically, Alabama can obtain $13 billion in federal funding used to improve our state’s future.

Everyone will receive a postcard in March 2020 from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to complete your census count. You can complete it in three ways: online, by phone, or a paper form you can submit by mail. It only takes about six minutes to complete.

Common Questions About the Census:

What is the Census?
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape the future of Alabama.

Why Should You Participate?
Your responses inform where over $13 billion is distributed each year to your communities, schools, clinics, roads, and more. Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats Alabama has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

What Will You Be Asked?
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.

What Won’t You Be Asked?
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

Is Your Information Safe?
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.

For more information about the 2020 Census please visit https://2020census.gov/.