Any idea when the new Census results will be out? Just wondering how much Rochester has officially grown. -- Tom

Your inquiry couldn't come at a better time.

One of my merry band of helpers was scrolling through the vast depths of the internet recently and found a tweet from Hansi Lo Wang, who is NPR correspondent reporting on the U.S. census. He tweeted that the Census Bureau is planning to start releasing 2020 census redistricting data by Aug. 16.

This information was extrapolated from an April 19 newsletter titled "New Demonstration Data Will Feature Higher Privacy-loss Budget, Satisfies Redistricting Accuracy Targets."

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There was a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo in the newsletter and I don't know that most of my readers care about "the global privacy-loss budget." If you do, you can find the link to the news release in the online version of my column.

Going directly to the source, the U.S. Census 2020 website (conveniently located at www.2020census.gov), gives some key dates for all us number nerds. Here the dates are:

  • By April 30: The Census Bureau will deliver population counts used for apportionment to the president as required by law.
  • By Sept. 30: The Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

You don't have to wait for the end of the month, though, to get your fix on apportionment data. ("Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 memberships, or seats, in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states based on the apportionment population counts from the decennial census," per the U.S. Census Bureau.) An interactive map has been on the Census website for a few weeks now and allows users to peruse historical apportionment data.

No matter how the numbers shake out, I can confidently say that Answer Man readers are growing and rank No. 1.

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