Changes to the census could make small towns disappear

Source: Gus Wezerek and David Van Riper - The N.Y. Times (Paid Registration)

According to the 2010 census, 590 people lived in Toksook Bay. State demographers expect the total to rise by about 100 people when census results are published next year.

“There has to be an increase in the count. We know we are growing,” said Robert Pitka, a tribal administrator who is leading census outreach in Toksook Bay. “Every person matters for federal funding.”

But Toksook Bay, along with thousands of other small places around the country, may end up with an inaccurate population count.

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