The Census Bureau released its decennial data last week that will be used throughout the year to decide how people are represented at the local, state and federal levels.
Similarly a commission made up of California citizens is set to decide on congressional seats and state legislative districts, said county Intergovernmental Relations Director Bob Ham. Imperial County with its smaller population will likely be grouped with another area like portions of Riverside or San Diego counties.
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The redistricting process allows a group to form areas where each district has about the same number of residents. Because of the U.S. population increase each congressional member will now represent 711,000 people, as opposed to 647,000 people represented in 2000.
Redistricting takes into account population shifts, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Web site.
Data also included in last week’s release includes housing information and the racial set-up of the area.
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A closer look at Imperial County’s census numbers
174,528 Imperial County’s total population as of April 1, 2010
142,361 What it was 10 years ago
22.6 percent increase
80.4 percent Hispanic or Latino
13.7 percent white
2.9 percent black or African-American
0.9 percent American Indian and Alaska Native