Bethel Residents Discuss Growing Concerns Over 2020 Census

Bethel Residents Discuss Growing Concerns Over 2020 Census

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"Something in the neighborhood of $3 billion comes into the state, and that number is primarily dependent on what we know from the census," said Mike Walsh, the Director of Public Policy at the non-profit consulting company, The Foraker Group. "That's pretty big."

Of all the country's populations, Walsh said, Alaskans are the hardest group to count. Residents in remote communities have limited internet and postal service access, and federal census workers don’t often go door to door in Alaska’s smaller communities. Walsh said that during the 2010 census, federal employees did methodically knock on doors in Nome. Even then, they undercounted the town’s population by an estimated 8 percent. Rural Alaska has a high poverty rate, low levels of education and many residents with unstable housing, all of which can impact the accuracy of the census.

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