2010 Census starts; first count in Alaska village

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 6:33 PM

NOORVIK, Alaska (AP) — The director of the U.S. Census Bureau has started the 2010 count of the nation's residents in a village in Alaska's arctic hinterlands.

Bureau Director Robert Groves flew to Noorvik on Monday and initiated the count in the Inupiat Eskimo community of 650.

Census workers and trained local aides will spend the next week interviewing Noorvik residents, using the same 10-question form to be mailed to most U.S. residents on March 15.

In the coming weeks, census workers also will visit 217 other rural Alaska communities not linked by roads that have been the first counted since the 1990 census.

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