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'Listers' hit the streets as U.S. gears up for 2020 census

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By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Aug. 12, 2019 3:44 pm

The 2020 census is just around the corner.

One of the first visible signs will be the presence of "listers" in neighborhoods nationwide in the coming weeks, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The workers are tasked with making sure the U.S. Census Bureau's list of addresses is up to date.

While in past years the "listers" walked every street in the country, that won't be the case this time, the Inquirer says. That's because many addresses have already been confirmed using data from other government agencies.

The census, which is conducted every 10 years, is used to set funding levels for local and state governments. It also helps determine the number of representatives each state gets in Congress.

This will be the first time the bureau encourages people to fill out the census online instead of filling out paperwork and mailing it in, according to the Inquirer.

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