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U. S. Census Bureau Releases Results

  • 2021-08-18T19:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

The United States continued to grow more racially and ethnically diverse over the past decade, according to results released last week by the U. S. Census Bureau.

We found out in April that California will be losing one congressional seat – the state’s first lost in census history – because its population grew slower than other states. Because Los Angeles County grew less than other parts of the state at a rate of 2.8%, an L.A. County district is likely to be excised.

The Latino and Asian populations in San Diego County increased by double digits over the past 10 years. Latinos now make up one-third of the overall population. The Asian population increased by more than 20 percent, now representing 12 percent of all county residents.

Ten years ago, none of California’s 58 counties counted Asians as their largest ethnic group. Now, two Bay Area counties do: Alameda and Santa Clara. The percentage of White residents fell in every county while the share of Latino residents grew in all but Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Bay Area saw faster population growth over the last decade of tech boom than California or the U.S. The nine-county region grew at a rate of 8.6% to 7.7 million.

The census numbers will be used to draw new lines for the state Senate and Assembly, county boards of supervisors, city councils, school district boards of education, water districts, and other bodies.

Redistricting in California is run by nonpartisan commissions. Because of the delayed release of census data due to COVID-19, redistricting is moving quickly.

Cities and counties throughout the state are convening Independent Redistricting Commissions (IRC) to determine the lines of local boards of supervisors and city council districts. District boundaries change so each district serves approximately the same number of residents. Cities and counties are holding both regular meetings of their IRCs and special meetings to gather public input on what each district should look like. All meetings are open to the public.

San Diego County is commencing pre-mapping public hearings on August 18th. The City of San Diego had its public input meeting for City Council District 1 on August 11th; District 2 is scheduled for September 2nd and District 6 for September 8th. One question being addressed in the hearings is whether the coastal communities of San Diego should be organized into one council district.

The City of Los Angeles began district-by-district hearings in July. L.A. County hearings are happening between June and August.

Because the Bay Area includes nine counties and 101 municipalities, we won’t list them all here. A few of interest:

City and County of San Francisco

South San Francisco

Berkeley

Fremont

Alameda County

Santa Clara County