Census 2010 State Stories: Week 7

This week’s release of nine states’ worth of Census data took us from corner to corner of the U.S. — from Alaska to Florida — with a bunch of upper Midwest states thrown in. Only eight states plus Washington, D.C., are left.

My USA TODAY colleague Paul Overberg and I continued pulling each state’s data for our interactive map and state profile pages, and our shop continued to write at least one story about each state. This week, reporter Dennis Cauchon’s story on North Dakota’s population boom was picked up by the Drudge Report and became our site’s top story for a day and a half. Who’d have thought?

Here’s a rundown of interesting stories and interactives:

Smart story: Rob Chaney of Montana’s The Missoulian wrote about Huson, one of 85 new “places” designated by the Census Bureau in the 2010 count. Shows what you can do if you can think non-numbers about a numbers story. Don’t miss the final quote.

Trend: The New York Times wrote about the growth in Mississippi’s multiracial population, up 70% since 2000.

From the states:

Alaska: The state saw healthy growth in the last decade — especially in the Anchorage suburbs — but some rural communities shrank. Our story noted a drop in logging and salmon fishing could be a cause. The Anchorage Daily News wrote that much of Alaska’s growth came in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. It includes Wasilla, home to Sarah Palin.

Florida: The fourth largest state (18.8 million people) saw growth slow in the last decade but still beat the national trend. Lots of coverage:

The Palm Beach Post published an interactive map that, on load, shows population change by county for the state. Zoom in for changes in smaller geographies. A static graphic with its overall trend story showed growth by tract in Palm Beach County. It also reported that officials in local towns believe their population counts are too low.

Florida Today had its own interactive map showing population by block group in Brevard County.

– Among its coverage, The Miami Herald highlighted Miramar, a city in Broward County with a 68% population increase.

– In Fort Lauderdale, the Sun-Sentinel had a story about Broward County’s loss of non-Hispanic whites. It also published an interactive showing population change by Census tract in Palm Beach County.

– Here’s the Orlando Sentinel’s interactive map showing central Florida population trends by cities, tracts and counties.

Georgia: The state’s 18% population growth will give it an additional seat in the House of Representatives. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote about the political maneuvering that will take place in the fast-growing counties north of Atlanta. A USA TODAY story focused on increasing black population being a growth-driver.

Kentucky: The Courier-Journal in Louisville reported on the state’s growth in its central region, which offset losses in the east and west. The Lexington Herald-Leader had a similar take.

Minnesota: The state “long known as the home of Norwegian farmers and German brewers is becoming more diverse,” USA TODAY wrote, particularly its children. The St. Paul Pioneer Press used Tableau to map population change by county and graph other indicators, and a story noted that redistricting would likely see the state’s Republican members of the U.S. House lose constituents.

New Mexico: Hispanics passed non-Hispanic whites in the southwest state, helping fuel growth there, USA TODAY reported.

North Dakota: Aside from our story, I couldn’t find much. Anyone?

That’s it for this week. As always, please alert me to any glaring omissions. Next week brings the end of this Census season — at least in terms of P.L. 94 redistricting data. We all know the Census never ends. It’s like the mail.

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