2010 Census — California

It goes without saying that California is a big state.  Los Angeles County, by itself is larger than almost any state.  The very size of California contributes to many of its problems.   Redistricting for this next decade is no excpetion. After the last census, California found itself with 53 seats.  At the end of the decade, these 53 seats were...

Census 2010 — New York

After the 2000 census, New York had 29 representatives.  The first four districts were all located on Long Island in the counties of Suffolk and Nassau.  The Fifth District included parts of Queens and Nassau.  The next eleven districts were entirely within New York City.  The Seventeenth District included parts of the Bronx and Rockland County.  The other twelve districts...

2010 Census — Georgia and Florida

Of the states released this past week, two states gained seats in Congress -- Florida and Georgia.  Since both are pre-clearance states under the Voting Rights Act and both have significant minority populations, the legislatures in the states are merely the first step in the process with guaranteed court fights over whatever lines get drawn up.  (In addition, Florida...

2010 Census — Georgia and Florida

Of the states released this past week, two states gained seats in Congress -- Florida and Georgia.  Since both are pre-clearance states under the Voting Rights Act and both have significant minority populations, the legislatures in the states are merely the first step in the process with guaranteed court fights over whatever lines get drawn up.  (In addition, Florida...

Census 2010 — Last Week (Week 8)

With about a week to spare, the Census Bureau completed its statutory obligation to release redistricting data to the states before April 1, 2011.  In this post, I am going to cover the "smaller" states -- Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia -- leaving Michigan and New York for a separate post. Maine stayed at...

2010 Census — Michigan

Michigan is unique among the 50 states in that it is the only state that actually lost population during the past decade.  Despite this fact, it only lost one congressional seat. About half of the counties in Michigan lost population.  Wayne County (home to Detroit) continued to lose population as Detroit itself declined by 25%.  This continues a trend, as...