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US Census office celebrates opening of Salt Lake office

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Census workers are already beginning to knock on doors ahead of the once-a-decade count coming up in 2020.

The Deseret News reports the U.S. Census Bureau celebrated the opening of its Salt Lake City-area office on Tuesday.

Employees of that office and another in Orem will fan out around the state in the coming months to make sure addresses are correct.

Next year will mark the first time the questionnaire will be offered online. But people can also respond by mail or over the phone.

The count helps to determine how voting districts are drawn as well as the amount of federal funding a state receives. The bureau says nationally, states received more than $675 billion in federal money in 2015.

Tuesday’s event included a traditional Samoan dance performance and a blessing from a Goshute tribe spiritual leader.