AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Over the last few weeks, Auburn residents should have received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to participate in the 2020 Census. 

The census occurs once every ten years to count the population in order to provide the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting and distributing more than $674 billion in federal funds annually to support state, county and city programs. For each person who is counted in Alabama, the state will receive $1,567 per year for the next ten years. 

While completing the census survey early is strongly recommended, the deadline to submit it has been extended until August 14th, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Census takers will also be following up with households that have not yet responded beginning on May 7th. 

All Auburn University students temporarily living away from campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic should still be counted as Auburn residents. If you did not have received a letter in the mail before relocating you can still fill out the questionnaire online.

To start your questionnaire or for more information visit my2020census.gov.