The 2020 census started Tuesday in a remote Alaskan village where the Census Bureau’s director personally enumerated one of the town’s oldest residents.

This year’s decennial count will be the first one conducted primarily online. Most Americans won’t get a mailer asking them to respond until the middle of March. But in Alaska, a door-to-door response operation always gets under way first so census takers can reach far-flung houses that lack addresses and internet access while the ground is frozen and easier to traverse.

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