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U.S. Census Bureau delivers data to New Jersey and Virginia

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February 3, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed Census data and demographic characteristics to leaders in New Jersey and Virginia on February 3, 2011.[1][2] The data provides the first look at population counts for smaller areas along with additional voting age, housing unit, race, and Hispanic origin data released from the 2010 Census.[1][2]

New Jersey's five most populous cities are Newark with 277,140, Jersey City with 247,597, Paterson with 146,199, Elizabeth with 124,969, and Edison with 99,967.[1] When compared to the 2000 Census, Newark grew by 1.3 percent, Jersey City grew by 3.1 percent, Elizabeth grew by 3.7 percent, and Edison grew by 2.3 percent.[1] Paterson lost 2 percent of its population compared to the previous Census.[1]

Virginia's five most populous cities are Virginia Beach at 437,994, Norfolk at 242,803, Chesapeake at 222,209, Richmond at 204,214, and Newport News at 180,719.[2] Since the 2000 Census, Virginia Beach grew by 3 percent, Norfolk grew by 3.6 percent, Chesapeake grew by 11.6 percent, Richmond grew by 3.2 percent, and Newport News grew by 0.3 percent.[2]

Both Virginia and New Jersey can use the Official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary file to redraw federal, state, and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171.[1][2] All 50 states including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive their data by April 1, 2011.[1][2]

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