Census watchers like myself are eagerly tracking the data releases from last year’s decennial census. The Census Bureau has decided on a piecemeal strategy. Each Thursday the Bureau reveals which are the next states to get a data release (see map). By law, all data will be released prior to April 1, 2011.
These data are local-level redistricting data with basic demographic information down to the census tract. Other data and other geographies will be available later on (and will likely take some time). Redistricting data are an initial release so that states can redraw their Congressional District maps. Nearly all states do this except of course those that only have 1 CD or are named “Washington DC.”
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