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2020 Census workers are taking to the streets, again

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UTAH — It’s a common sight every ten years, Census workers knocking on doors asking how many people live there.  

All that changed on March 18, 2020 when coronavirus restrictions prevented them from interacting with the public.  Starting this week, Census takers will be back in action – with some modifications.

No one will ask questions face-to-face 

Workers dressed in government provided protective equipment will leave an envelope on the door steps of nearly 90,000 Utahns.  Inside is an ID number to use if you fill out the Census on-line, or a paper questionnaire.

The 2020 Census is required by the Constitution and counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.  It is taken every ten years.

By knowing how many people live in a community, the correct amount of government money can be directed to where it’s needed.  It also has an impact on the number of elected legislatures each state gets to send to Washington for representation.

This combination of photos released by Sesame Workshop shows an English and Spanish poster featuring “Sesame Street” characters promoting the 2020 Census. The characters are being used in public service announcements to encourage parents of young children to make sure they and their children are counted in the 2020 census. (Sesame Workshop via AP)

The deadline to either fill out the 2020 Census on-line or mail it in is August 14th.