Census 2010 State Stories: Week 4

The week was the busiest so far in the rollout of 2010 Census P.L. 94 data, with the bureau releasing data for eight states. That made for intense times for me and my USA TODAY colleagues — we had to process the files while attending the 2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors computer-assisted reporting conference in Raleigh, N.C. (Thanks to IRE for getting us a quiet room to work.)

For our part, we had stories on Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. We also continued to update data-driven profile pages of each state and an interactive map. And we’re spreading the Census love by sharing the data with IRE members.

Other work I noticed, in no particular order:

The Spokesman-Review in Washington launched an excellent mapping/data app. It’s the first I’ve seen that included school districts and legislative districts among the geographies. It also does a great job of pulling together a map and tabular data.

The Salt Lake Tribune had a nicely written story noting that six of its cities are nearing “majority minority” status:

When the world looks at Utah, it can’t help but picture a lily-white Western state filled mostly with Mormons. But the portrait brushed by the 2010 census frames a different reality — a much more colorful picture.

al.com had an interactive map of Alabama data. A story noted a theme among the state data — a population shift from rural to urban areas.

The Denver Post, working with the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, wrote about Colorado’s older, more diverse population:

The numbers show that Colorado’s fastest growth continues to be in the Front Range communities south and north of metro Denver, as well as along Interstate 70 on the Western Slope. Douglas County, long home to Colorado’s biggest population boom, continued to grow faster than any other county. Several towns in Weld County, led by Firestone, saw their populations double or triple over the decade.

— In Nevada, The Reno Gazette-Journal wrote that the continued growth in the southern part of the state — the fastest-growing state in the last 10 years — could prompt a political battle over whether to add legislative districts.

The Oregonian mentioned the state’s dramatic gains in Asian and Hispanic residents:

David Tam, president of the Chinese American Benevolent Association of Eugene-Springfield, … said Oregon’s green economy and technologies such as solar power are drawing Chinese and Korean immigrants. Oregon’s high-tech industry has brought Indian immigrants, and the many Vietnamese who settled here attracted others.

That’s it for now. Five more states due next week!

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