At the end of this month, a symbolic parade of dog sleds will head
across the frozen tundra into Noorvik – an Alaskan fishing village of
634 people, according to the last US census.
On the dog sleds – as well as on some snowmobiles – will be
officials carrying census forms. After the forms are filled out,
they’ll tell the federal government if the Inupiat population of
Noorvik has grown or shrunk.
Welcome to the official start of
distributing forms for the 2010 Census, a national head count that is
required by the US Constitution every 10 years.
Most of the 134
million residences in America will receive their questionnaire the
conventional way – via first-class mail, starting March 15. However,
not everyone has a postal address – and not everyone will reply to the
blue-and-green form. So this year, the Census Bureau is hiring 800,000
people to follow up with door-to-door canvassing, set to begin May 1.
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