The Census Bureau has begun 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.
Did you know?
- If you’re Alaska Native but not counted, your community could lose almost $3,500 annually for tribal programs. That’s $14,000 annually for a family of four!
- Your responses to the census are confidential and can only be used to produce statistics.
Alaskans will be invited to respond to the census in a variety of ways. To see how and when you will be counted, click here.
Follow these three steps to ensure you’re are accurately counted!
Step 1: Fill out the form
The 10 question form only takes 10 minutes to complete and will ask 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
Step 2: Be strategic about “Person 1”
If you’re Native or you live in a mixed Native and non-Native household, please list the Native person as “Person 1.” This will maximize federal funding to tribal communities and programs!
- “Person 1” doesn’t have to be male
- “Person 1” doesn’t have to pay more than half of the household expenses
Step 3: Know your tribe
List the name of your federally recognized tribe as opposed to your regional or village corporation. This determines how much federal funding goes to tribal programs. If you can’t remember the name of your tribe(s), you can write in the name(s) of your village.
Find the name of your Bristol Bay village and tribe below!
Aleknagik: Native Village of Aleknagik
Chignik Bay: Chignik Bay Tribal Council
Chignik Lagoon: Native Village of Chignik Lagoon
Chignik Lake: Chignik Lake Village
Clark’s Point: Village of Clark’s Point
Dillingham: Curyung Tribal Council
Egegik: Egegik Village
Ekuk: Native Village of Ekuk
Ekwok: Native Village of Ekwok
Igiugig: Igiugig Village
Iliamna: Village of Iliamna
Ivanof Bay: Ivanof Bay Tribe
King Salmon: King Salmon Tribe
Kokhanok: Kokhanok Village
New Koliganek: New Koliganek Village Council
Levelock: Levelock Village
Manokotak: Manokotak Village
Naknek: Naknek Native Village
New Stuyahok: New Stuyahok Village
Newhalen: Newhalen Village
Nondalton: Nondalton Village
Pedro Bay: Pedro Bay Village
Perryville: Native Village of Perryville
Pilot Point: Native Village of Pilot Point
Port Heiden: Native Village of Port Heiden
Portage Creek: Portage Creek Village
South Naknek: South Naknek Village
Togiak: Traditional Village of Togiak
Twin Hills: Twin Hills Village
Ugashik: Ugashik Village
For more information, visit www.alaskacounts.org.
#BristolBayCounts Sticker Campaign
Post a photo of you with your sticker on your Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #bristolbaycounts and tag BBNC by Thursday, April 2. You’ll be entered to win cool BBNC prizes while encouraging your family and community to participate in the census! Ensure your account is set to “public” for a chance to win!