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Alabama census update, state below national average


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – As of Wednesday morning, Alabama is still falling in its response rate for the 2020 United States Census.

According to the U.S. Census website, Alabama’s current response rate is 58.8% in comparison to the national average of 60.1%.

Although Alabama is not far behind the national average, there are certain counties that are holding the state back.

Locally, Talladega County is nearly ten percentage points lower than the state average at 49.2%.

Shelby County currently leads the state in response rate at 72.5%, and Coosa County is the lowest at 27.6%.

The state’s goal is 72%, according to the governor’s office. If that percentage is not met, then Alabama may face some serious ramifications, such as losing a seat in Congress and the electoral college vote that accompanies it.

Alabamians are still being encouraged to participate in the 10-question Census online at, by phone at 1-844-330-2020 or by paper form — all without coming into contact with a Census taker. All participants’ information is protected by strict federal law. 

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