(UnitedVoice.com) – The 2020 census officially began on Tuesday, Jan 21, starting off in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Most of America will have to wait until March for Census operations to begin, but due to the extreme cold, Alaska has been the first state to get counted since it joined the nation in 1959.
Since so many people in Alaska live in rural areas that require snowmobiles, bush planes and even dog sleds to access, it’s easier for door knockers to visit homes in January while the ground is still frozen.
Starting in 2000, the Census Bureau decided to select one village as its first to be counted. The first year it was Unalakleet, then in 2010, Noorvik was chosen, and citizens of Toksook Bay are thrilled to have the honor this year.
United States Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, will be flying to Toksook Bay to attend a ceremony at Nelson Island School. Members of the community will be celebrating with Yup’ik drumming and dancing.
At last count, 590 people lived in Toksook Bay. It will be interesting to see how much the community has changed in the past 10 years.
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