U.S. Census Kicks off on a Dog Sled in Remote Eskimo Village
January 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The official U.S. Census is conducted by constitutional mandate every ten-years. And the 2010 census, which begins today, traditionally kicks off in a remote village somewhere in Alaska. For the 2010 headcount, the first person counted will be a resident of the tiny village of Noorvik, with a population of about 640 mostly Inupiat Eskimos. The traditional event is an honor and Census Bureau Director Robert Groves will fly to Alaska and travel to the village by dog sled to personally count the first U.S. citizen for the 2010 census.
The first resident of Noorvik to be counted, is an 80-year old World War II veteran. After Groves arrives to the resident’s home via dogsled, he will be feted with a traditional native feast, including caribou, moose and beaver meat.
The 2000 census began in the Inupiat village of Unalakleet in rural Alaska.