By Lex Treinen
Chilkat Valley News Haines 

Haines loses appeal of census count that showed 17% population drop


February 21, 2024

The U.S. Census Bureau has rejected Haines’ appeal of the agency’s 2020 count, which showed the Southeast Alaska community’s population dropping by 17%, or 428 residents.

“I’m deeply disappointed. I really thought that our response was compelling,” said Borough Clerk Alekka Fullerton, who worked on the appeal. “I was mad. It’s a big deal to our community.”

Multiple federal funding programs are based on the census count.

The Census Bureau counted 2,080 residents in Haines in 2020, down from 2,508 in 2010. The borough appealed that number in June.

The federal bureau also reported a drop in popul...

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