Many Juneau residents left out of last census

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Juneau's rate was higher than the state's rate, which was based on the number of people who returned paperwork to the census bureau.

    Barb Miranda said the goal is to count everyone, count them once, and count them in the right place.

    The first census was conducted in 1790 at the order of then President Thomas Jefferson.  300 U.S. Marshals counted 3.9 million people.

    Internet, phone, paper and in person, are the tools the census taker uses.  Last time population declines cost southeast Alaska a representative in the house.

    Alaska had the lowest level of participation in the 2010 census at 64-percent.   Juneau had a 75-percent participation in the census. About 7,850 local residents had to have individual follow ups by census personnel to be counted in the census.  These visits increased the number of people who participated.

    A 1-percent under count in Juneau amounts to $9.6 million over 10 years.

    "All of Alaska is hard to count.  Racial and ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community, the homeless, renters, college students, tribal residents, and frequent movers, are among those that are hard to count."

    The census controls how federal funding is distributed.  Funding is often distributed by population.   The state receives better than $2.1 billion from the US Government.  These funds go towards transportation, job training centers, school funds, school lunch, head start, medicaid and medicare, and senior and foster care programs.

    They also will create jobs in Juneau for the 2020 count team.  The online app will open March 23, 2020.  Census Day is April 1, 2020.

    Miranda said it is tougher to count in rural areas in Alaska than urban areas.  It's believed that Alaska was under counted by 8.6 percent in the 2010 census.





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