2010 Census Starts Today In Remote Alaskan Village

01.25.10 | FL News Team

Today the count of Americans officially begins, as the U.S. Census Bureau kicks off the 2010 Census. The first citizens to be counted will be around 600 people living in a remote Eskimo village in Noorvik, Alaska. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves will travel by dogsled to the area to count the first citizen, an 89-year-old Noorvik resident and World War Two veteran. The Census is tallied every ten years and is required by the U.S. Constitution. The final numbers determine political districts, the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives, and the allotment of more than 400-billion dollars in federal funds and emergency services. In March, Census forms will be mailed to every U.S. citizen to fill out and return.