Monday, August 3, 2009

Census 2010 to start in northern Alaska

Census employees will begin next year's constitutionally-mandated headcount in remote regions of Alaska north of the Arctic Circle, reports the Anchorage Daily News and the Washington Post.

The Inupiat town of Noorvik, Alaska (pop. ~650) has been reported to have been preliminarily selected as the first town in America to be counted in next years Census.

According to the Daily News, the bureau plans to begin sending out Census takers earlier in remote Alaska to "avoid the spring break-up and catch villagers before they leave to hunt or fish in warmer weather."
The Census Bureau plans to hire about 2,500 census takers to go door-to-door in cities and towns across the state. That means using float planes, snowmachines and dog sleds to reach households across 586,000 square miles, according to the bureau.
Anchorage Daily News

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