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US U.S. Census Bureau launches once-a-decade head count in rural Alaska

15:30  21 january  2020
15:30  21 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Why the 2020 census starts early in Toksook Bay, Alaska

  Why the 2020 census starts early in Toksook Bay, Alaska The US Census Bureau will start counting people this week in Toksook Bay, Alaska, a remote fishing village where residents get around on snowmobiles.And for the census workers who are about to descend on this remote Alaskan fishing village, that's a good thing.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - This year’ s once - a - decade official U . S . national population count The Census Bureau has a long tradition of kicking off the count in rural Alaska months before it Getting a head start in remote Alaska also ensures that census takers can properly account for those

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – This year’ s once - a - decade official U . S . national population The Census Bureau has a long tradition of kicking off the count in rural Alaska months before it gets underway Getting a head start in remote Alaska also ensures that census takers can properly account for those

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The U.S. Census Bureau was due to launch its latest once-in-a decade head count of Americans on Tuesday in one of the most remote corners of the country: a tiny, rural Alaska Native settlement on the Bering Sea coast.

a sign on a wooden surface: Gabe Layman, chair of the Alaska Census, speaks at the 2020 Census kickoff held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage© Reuters/STRINGER Gabe Layman, chair of the Alaska Census, speaks at the 2020 Census kickoff held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage

The population tally was scheduled to officially get under way with a ceremonial visit of Census Bureau chief Steven Dillingham to the home of a tribal elder in Toksook Bay, a Yup'ik village about 500 miles west of Anchorage.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — This year’ s once - a - decade official U . S . national population count will start in a small Alaska Native village perched on the tundra The Census Bureau has a long tradition of kicking off the count in rural Alaska months before it gets under way in the Lower 48 states.

ANCHORAGE — This year’ s once - a - decade official U . S . national population count will start in a The Census Bureau has a long tradition of kicking off the count in rural Alaska months before it gets Getting a head start in remote Alaska also ensures that census takers can properly account for those

From there, a team will fan out to collect 2020 census data from all the other Toksook Bay residents in a day of fanfare that will include ceremonial Yup'ik dance performances and a feast of traditional foods.

The census, a decennial endeavor mandated in the U.S. Constitution, is the basis for redrawing state legislative districts and reapportionment of Congress. It is also guides government funding for a vast array of programs and services, and produces some of the world's most widely used statistical information.

Paul Burrell wearing a suit and tie: Steven Dillingham, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, attends the 2020 Census kickoff held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage© Reuters/STRINGER Steven Dillingham, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, attends the 2020 Census kickoff held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage

In the Lower 48 states, information about this year's census is expected to be mailed to households in mid-March, with April 1 designated the date of record for residential information submitted on census forms. Most people are expected to respond online, by mail or by telephone.

Census 2020 kicks off today in remote Alaskan town of Toksook Bay

  Census 2020 kicks off today in remote Alaskan town of Toksook Bay Residents in this small town are the first to be counted before Census Day begins on April 1.The residents of Toksook Bay, located in Alaska, will be the first to be counted in the census.

On January 25, 2010, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves personally inaugurated the 2010 Census enumeration by counting World War II veteran Clifton Jackson, a resident of Noorvik, Alaska .[6] More than 120 million census forms were delivered by the U . S . Post Office beginning

23, 2019 — The U . S . Census Bureau launched its first set of advertisements for the 2020 Census in Alaska this week Locally hired census takers get a head start in rural Alaska when the ground is frozen, allowing for The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone who lives in the United States.

Mike Dunleavy wearing a suit and tie: Governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy, speaks at the 2020 Census kickoff held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage© Reuters/Stringer . Governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy, speaks at the 2020 Census kickoff held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage

But in sprawling rural Alaska, where roads are few and much travel depends on hard-frozen ground, the census must get started earlier.

The Census Bureau has a tradition of selecting one or more remote Native villages to begin the official enumeration. Toksook Bay, with a population of 683, according to Alaska state information, has this year's honor.

But Tuesday's census kickoff, as in years past, is about more than counting the residents of a particular village. It is also meant to draw attention.

"It's the first time the word is really getting across the nation that the 2020 census is here," Dillingham said on Saturday.

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In rural Alaska , however, the mail system can be unreliable. More than 80 percent of communities in the state are not connected by roads or highways. One of the bureau ' s latest census innovations – an option to fill out an online questionnaire – throws another "curveball" at what' s known as Bush Alaska

Census is coming: Count to begin in frozen north. Mark Thiessen, Associated Press Published 6:35 The decennial U . S . census has started in rural Alaska , out of tradition and necessity, ever since When the official count begins this week, the Census Bureau has hired four people to go door-to-door.

Dillingham and his colleagues have spent several days in the state meeting with Alaska Native groups and others among groups that tend to be undercounted – immigrants and college students.

At the University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday night, Dillingham participated in a ceremonial puck drop for a hockey game, donning a special jersey given to him by the school to commemorate the 2020 census.

To help boost responses in harder-to-reach communities, the Census Bureau has translated its materials into several indigenous languages, including Yup'ik.

The bureau expects to hire 300,000 to 500,000 census takers for the 2020 count, and about 1.8 million people have already applied for the temporary jobs, Dillingham said.

Dillingham acknowledged that immigrants who feel vulnerable about their status in the United States may be reluctant to respond to questionnaires, but he stressed that all data collected is confidential.

The Trump administration tried to insert a question about citizenship status in this year's census form, a move that critics said would have made immigrants more fearful of the process. But the U.S. Supreme Court blocked that plan.

(Reporting by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage; Editing by Steve Gorman and Gerry Doyle)

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