The 2020 Census

A complete count for Alaska

Democracy works best when everyone participates. Alaskans are among the hardest-to-count of any group in the country, and the chances of an undercount are even higher among Alaska Natives, young Alaskans, and rural households. Each Alaskan who misses the count will contribute to cuts to our fair share of federal funding -- for ten years! -- slashing funds for healthcare, Headstart, transportation, SNAP, job training, and many other programs that help our communities stay healthy and resilient.

We’re working with partners to ensure every Alaskan knows the Census is confidential, critical, and easy to complete, so that every Alaskan gets counted next year. Do your part by sharing Census information with your friends and family.

The US Census Bureau will not be offering translated Census forms or materials in Alaska Native languages. Our partners at Alaska Public Interest Research Group are working with communities to translate materials into Gwich’in, Denaake, Central Yupik, and Inupiaq. If you are interested in getting involved with the translation effort, click here >>

Timeline for the 2020 Census in Alaska:
  • Summer 2019 – Census Recruitment for part-time jobs in rural Alaska
  • August 2019 – In-field Address Canvassing and Group Quarters operation begins
  • January 2020 – Enumeration of Remote Alaska begins in Toksook Bay, AK
  • February – March 2020 – Interior and Eastern Alaskan counted in person
  • March – April 2020 – North Slope and Aleutians counted in person
  • March 2020 – Online Self-Response Opens
  • April 1, 2020 – 2020 Census Day
  • April 2020 – Non-response follow-up begins for households that did not submit a Census form
  • July 2020 – Self-Response Deadline
  • December 31, 2020 – Census Bureau delivers count to President of the United States

Work for the Census

Get paid to help your community get counted! The Census Bureau is hoping to hire at least one Census-takers from every single community in the state. They need your help in spreading the word. Hours are flexible, and pay starts at $28/hour. Apply now -- or encourage someone in your community>> 

We’re proud to stand beside our partners at Alaska Counts, a nonpartisan education initiative to inform public, private, nonprofit, and Native entities representing the interests of people around the state about the 2020 Census. The campaign is organized by the Alaska Census Working Group. More info here >>