The U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that the 2020 Census field offices in Alabama would reopen this week.

As part of the phased restart of operations, the Census Bureau will resume the drop-off of 2020 Census invitation packets at front doors of households in areas where mail is received through P.O. Boxes. The Census Bureau began delivering census materials to these households on March 15; however, this operation was suspended March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, many of these households have yet to receive an invitation.

This process requires no face-to-face interaction, as Census workers will simply leave a packet of bagged information on doorsteps.Approximately 82,000 Alabama households are included in this process.

As of May 6, almost 56 percent of Alabama households had self-responded to the 2020 Census. In Covington County, only 50.6 percent of the estimated population has self-responded, and in Andalusia, that number is 53.9 percent. 
Residents of the Carolina community have the highest self-response rate (65.2 percent), followed by Opp (58.7 percent). The fewest percentage of residents have reported from the Libertyville area (21.1 percent).

Residents may continue to self-report, by calling toll-free at 1-844-330-2020 or by returning their paper forms.

The Census Bureau’s Alabama field offices are located in Mobile, Birmingham and Huntsville and cover operations for the entire state.