Each decade brings a national census; Madison and the North Alabama region is poised to show major changes since 2010. Census data results affect funding for our schools, public safety, roads and even congressional seats. Cities in Alabama earn federal per capita funds at a rate of $1,567 per person, per year. It’s critical for our community to participate and give an accurate account for your household so those dollars can be put to impactful use.
Taking a look back to 1980, Madison’s population was only 4,057. The once small farming town has been thriving ever since. 1990’s Census counted 14,904; 29,329 in 2000; and 42,938 in 2010. Our best estimate has Madison over 50,000 in 2020, bringing us into the “Middle Sized” cities category for the first time.
The last decade included major additions including Target, the Shoppes of Madison, James Clemens High School and Madison Hospital. Infrastructure improvements included I-565/County Line Interchange, Old Madison Pike, Balch extension, Gillespie extension and the Eastview extension through Bob Jones. Madison now stands as an active and thriving economic center in North Alabama.
So as we prepare for the next decade, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census by April 1st. You can respond via phone, online or by mail. Madison has historically had strong participation with an 80% mail response rate, compared with the State at 72% and the U.S. at 74%. This year marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online, even on your mobile device. Census officials hope the ease of online response will raise those numbers even higher. It’s important to count all children and adults living in your household.
The 2020 Census is more than a count. It’s an opportunity to get involved and to help shape the future of our local area. You can help raise awareness for participation, and even earn extra income. For more information on the 2020 Census and employment opportunities visit www.2020census.gov.