Upcoming Release of 2020 Census Redistricting Data Will Paint a Clearer Portrait of America

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The U.S. Census Bureau by August 16th is set to release in-depth demographic statistics from the 2020 Census that will be used to redraw legislative voting districts. 

These follow the April 26 release of the first results from the 2020 Census, which showed that the total population was 331.4 million. The first release determined each state’s share of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.The August data release will provide the first look at the demographic characteristics of the nation by state, county and city (down to the census block level), including:

  • Race and ethnicity.
  • Voting-age population.
  • Occupied and vacant housing units.
  • People living in group quarters like nursing homes, prisons, military barracks and college dorms.

Aside from showing how the ethnic, racial, and voting age makeup of neighborhoods has changed since the 2010 Census, these detailed data will be used by most state legislatures to redistrict or redraw their political districts for elections.

The August release will be in a “legacy” format that governments used in the 2010 and 2000 Censuses. States will use these files to begin their redistricting efforts. By September 30, the Census Bureau will make the same data available online in a more user-friendly format on data.census.gov.