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Census 2010 Will Start in Remote Alaska

By Ed O'Keefe

Census workers will start counting Americans in the remote northern regions of Alaska. (Caribous will not be counted.)

Census employees will begin next year's constitutionally-mandated headcount roughly 250 miles from Russia in remote regions of Alaska north of the Arctic Circle.

The Anchorage Daily News scoops today -- and Census officials confirm to The Eye -- that about 640 people in the Inupiat Eskimo town of Noorvik will be the first Americans counted.

Why? The Census wants to prove that it's doing everything it can to count every single person living within U.S. borders, a common concern of urban and Western lawmakers whose constituents can be at higher risk of getting overlooked.

Oh, and most importantly: the weather gets real nasty in and around Noorvik after late January, making it impossible to get into and out of the region before Census questionnaires are due on April 1, 2010.

The decision should also help confirm recent Alaska state studies showing a growing migration from the state's remote corners towards its larger cities, the Daily News reports.

Expect a formal announcement soon from the Census Bureau about its first count. The Eye plans to get in his travel request early, because who wouldn't want to visit Alaska in late January?

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 31, 2009; 2:59 PM ET
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Actually the census dept
sends a questionaire in between
Census years. It is not
constitutionally required
so some of us (including
a Rep IIRC) throw them out.
(Along with parts of the official
census not required for a headcount.)

Posted by: Major_Variola_ret | July 31, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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