The population projections offer a glimpse of what the nation might look like at the next turn of the century.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis suburbs continue their growth, with Hamilton County cities among the nation’s fastest-growing municipalities.
Almost 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the U.S. lost their status as urban areas on Thursday as the U.S. Census Bureau released a new list of places considered urban based on revised criteria.
During the first two years of the pandemic, the number of people working from home tripled, home values grew and the percentage of people who spent more than a third of their income on rent went up, according to survey results released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Under the new Census Bureau criteria, more than 1,300 small cities, towns and villages designated urban a decade ago would be considered rural. That matters because urban and rural areas qualify for different types of federal funding.
The National Archives will unveil a huge batch of the intimate details from the 1950 Census—on 6.4 million pages digitized from 6,373 microfilm census rolls. The information was collected under the promise it would be locked away for 72 years.
The report released Thursday captures the second half of a decade-long expansion in the U.S. economy that followed the Great Recession.
The United States’ population grew by just 0.1% in the past year, the lowest rate since the nation’s founding, according to Census estimates.
College communities such as Bloomington, Indiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and State College, Pennsylvania, are exploring their options for contesting the population counts, which they say do not accurately reflect how many people live there.
Some demographers pointed out that the white population was not shrinking as much as shifting to multiracial identities. The number of people who identified as belonging to two or more races more than tripled from 2010 to 2020.
Hamilton, Boone and Hendricks counties all had population gains of more than 20% between 2010 and 2020, during which time the census found Indiana as a whole grew 4.7%.
The usual gerrymandering is expected this year as the Legislature embarks on the once-a-decade process of redistricting, though public scrutiny is expected to be much greater than in previous years.
Indiana lawmakers face the once-a-decade task of drawing new districts for congressional seats, along with the 100 Indiana House and 50 state Senate districts, based on population shifts.
The population figures, known as the apportionment count, determine distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year. They also mark the official beginning of once-a-decade redistricting battles.
The federal government is proposing to downgrade 144 cities in all from the metropolitan statistical area designation, which some areas fear will affect federal funding and their ability to lure businesses and talent.
State lawmakers face the once-a-decade task of drawing new districts for congressional seats, along with the 100 Indiana House and 50 state Senate districts, based on population shifts.
The Census Bureau director’s departure comes as the statistical agency is crunching the numbers for the 2020 census, which will be used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets.
Adjacent Illinois’ population fell by 79,487 residents to 12.6 million, the second biggest loss nationwide after only New York state.
The Trump administration argued that the head count needed to end immediately to give the Census Bureau time to meet a year-end deadline.