Four states to receive local census population data this week

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February 1, 2011

Late last year, the U.S. Census Bureau delivered statewide population data to all 50 states, including the new reapportionment information. The Bureau is required to deliver local population data to the states by April 1, 2011.[1]

This week, the first four states will receive local population data. Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia will be the first four states to receive data, owing to the fact that they have general state legislative elections in November.[2]

New Jersey is required to complete its redistricting one month from the delivery date of the census data. Thus, if the population figures are delivered by this Friday, February 4, the deadline for New Jersey would be March 6, 2011 -- the first state redistricting deadline.

The population counts provide summaries of population totals and data on race and ethnicity. Figures will also be broken down by origin and voting age for multiple geographies such as voting districts, cities, counties and parishes and school districts. This information will be used in the redistricting process.[3]

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