Beginning in January 2020, the Census Bureau will begin inviting Alaskans in villages and rural Alaska communities to respond to the census.
This once-a-decade population count is used as the basis for distributing more than $800 billion in federal funds annually to states, boroughs, and communities to support resources such as schools, hospitals, roads, fire departments, public services to children, veterans, seniors, families, and many more.
As the country’s largest and least densely populated state, Alaska has one of the hardest populations to count. But an accurate count is vital; an undercount of Alaskans means our state fails to receive its fair share of federal resources.
The census will start in Toksook Bay, Alaska on January 21, 2020. Alaskans will be invited to respond to the census in a variety of ways:
Remote Alaska: People living in the most remote parts of the state will be counted in person. Census takers will knock on doors to conduct the census, get their work validated by a local official and then village leaders certify the count for accuracy.
Self Response: Large areas such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau will respond to the census online, by phone, or mail in March 2020.
Update Leave: People living in medium-sized communities such as Valdez, Bethel and Nome will receive hand-delivered census materials to their homes.
Update Enumerate: Residents in Southeast Alaska, Kodiak Island and parts of the Aleutians will receive their materials similar to remote Alaska areas, but with no village leader validating the count.
Alaskans will be asked to provide the following information:
- Number of people residing at their address
- Name, gender, age (including date of birth), and race/ethnicity of each person living at that residence
- If residents own or rent
- A phone number in case there is a need to follow up on a resident’s responses
Participation in the census is required by law and your individual responses to the 2020 Census are confidential and can only be used to produce statistics. This includes responses on census questionnaires, names, addresses and residential locations.
For more information, visit www.alaskacounts.org.