Latest United States Census News

Census Bureau works to improve confidence in 2020 headcount

Dec. 03, 2021 10:17 AM EST

The Census Bureau is looking to improve trust in the numbers it gathered during the 2020 census by fixing problems caused by the unprecedented challenges of conducting a U.S. head count during a pandemic, natural disasters and efforts by the Trump administration to politicize the process. ...

Redistricting plans face busy week in South Carolina

Nov. 28, 2021 15:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's work to draw new districts after last year's U.S. Census should get closer to completion this week. On Monday, the state Senate committee handling redistricting will hold a public meeting about its proposed U.S. House maps released...

How Ohio's new US congressional map sprinted into law

Nov. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congressional redistricting is the arcane but consequential process of redrawing U.S. House districts every 10 years, which often goes unnoticed by citizens. This week, a final congressional map for Ohio sprinted through the Legislature and was...

Virginia court picks experts to draw maps for redistricting

Nov. 19, 2021 16:03 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has selected two outside experts from a pool of nominees put forward by lawmakers to help it complete its task of drawing new legislative districts to conform with the 2020 census. The court unanimously appointed Sean...

Contrary to popular belief, no great migration in pandemic

Nov. 17, 2021 16:55 PM EST

Contrary to popular belief, there has been no great migration in the U.S. during the pandemic. New figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the proportion of people who moved over the past year fell to its lowest level in the 73 years that it has...

WA redistricting panel urges high court to look at its maps

Nov. 17, 2021 11:36 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The head of Washington state's bipartisan redistricting commission that failed to meet its deadline for redrawing political maps urged state Supreme Court justices to still consider their work now that the high court will have to complete the process. ...

Critics raise concerns with new Alaska political boundaries

Nov. 16, 2021 18:38 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A fast-growing area north of Anchorage known as a hotbed of conservatism gained the most population since the 2010 Census and will keep the same number of seats in the Alaska Legislature under a new map of state political boundaries that some critics say short-changes...

Washington state panel fails to draw new political maps

Nov. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's bipartisan redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline for redrawing political maps, meaning the task will now be taken up by the state Supreme Court. This is the first time the panel has failed to finish its work since...

US population center moves 11.8 miles; still in Missouri

Nov. 16, 2021 17:10 PM EST

HARTVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Some people might describe Hartville, Missouri, as being in the middle of nowhere, but the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday announced that it's the closest town to the middle of the nation. The hamlet of about 600 people in the Missouri Ozarks is...

South Carolina redistricting maps clear House committee

Nov. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina House committee on Tuesday approved a proposed map to shape the state's House districts for the next decade. The House Judiciary Committee voted 21-2, with two members abstaining, to advance the new map of 124 districts to the full...