Census 2010 State Stories: Week 2

This week saw the Census Bureau post 2010 redistricting data from five more states — Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland and Vermont — bringing the total so far to nine. As time allows, and because I’ve spent the last two months prepping code for this, I’m chronicling stories and graphics that catch my eye. This week, by state:

Arkansas: My colleague Rick Jervis’ story noted the growth in northwestern Arkansas fueled by employers Wal-Mart and Tysons Foods. This will lead to fairly substantial redistricting:

… Arkansas’ representatives soon will answer to whole new neighborhoods of voters, says Thomas Paradise, a University of Arkansas professor of geosciences. “It’s not hard on the population. It’s going to be hard for the congressmen,” Paradise says. “They’re going to have a radically different constituent.”

— The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette also noted the shift northwest and reports another mayor planning to challenge the count with his city losing 6,000 people. Both stories available to subscribers only.

Indiana: The Indianapolis Star’s Tim Evans (writing for USAT) wrote that the state became more Hispanic and suburban in the last 10 years. Still:

“While Indiana’s racial and ethnic makeup has shifted, the state remains less diverse than the nation,” says Matt Kinghorn, a demographer with the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. “Compared to the most recent population estimates for the nation, the share of Indiana’s population that is white is well above the U.S. mark of 79.6%.”

— The Star’s graphics team also launched an interactive map that loads data from other states (zoom out to see).

Iowa: The Des Moines Register highlighted the state’s population shift from rural to urban:

Iowa State University economist Liesel Eathington said those population trends reflect a pattern that’s become common throughout the Midwest. One factor is that mechanized agriculture requires increasingly fewer farmers to till ever-larger tracts of land.

(By the way, check out the modal pop-up graphics on that page. Great work, but the one that shows all 99 counties makes me glad I don’t have to memorize their names for a geography bee — I guess the folks who divided up the state’s geography liked things uniform.)

— The Register also launched an interactive map with a bonus: population histories for each county. Really shows the dramatic rise of Dallas County, west of Des Moines.

Maryland: The Baltimore Sun noted the city lost more population than expected (-4.6%) and could lose a state Senate seat in redistricting. It also has a county graphic showing gains and losses. Meanwhile, in contrast, it chronicles the growing pains of one its fast-growing counties, Montgomery:

Residents were promised “a little treasure in the middle of all this green space,” DeArros said, including a true mixed-use development. Instead, while townhomes and single-family homes have gone up at a frenzied pace, major retail centers — especially a grocery store — have not arrived to serve the thousands of new residents, he said.

Vermont: Vermont remains one of the least diverse states — the percentage of the population that is non-Hispanic white is 94.3%, The Burlington Free Press wrote.

Coming up

Next week’s releases include Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Anything cool I’m missing? Post in the comments!

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