In January, government workers spread out across remote villages in Alaska. They traveled through snow and ice by small planes, snowmobiles, and even dogsleds. Why? They were there to kick off the 2020 U.S. Census, a nationwide count of all of the people living in the country. The first person was counted in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
For the rest of the country, the census officially starts on April 1. U.S. residents will fill out questionnaires to answer questions about the people in their households. Read on to find out how that data helps the government make some BIG decisions.