The twenty-third United States Census, known as Census 2010, was the most recent national census. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, which is a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This information is used for many purposes. First, it is used to allocate elected seats, not only in the House of Representatives, but in the state legislatures. In addition, all levels of government — federal, state, local and tribal — use census data as a guide for spending money on many different programs and services.
Here at home, the City of Jeffersonville is required to look at the new data from each census in order to determine whether adjustments are required among the city’s districts. The most efficient way to do this resulted in the following changes:
- A large portion of district 6 (precincts Jeff 23, portions of Utica 2, and Jeff/Utica 19) becoming part of district 3.
- Jeff precinct 8 was taken from district 5 and added to district 2.
- All of Jeff precinct 5 and a portion of Jeff 6 was pulled from district 2 and added to district 1.
- Jeff 9 was taken from district 3 and added to district 5.
- Jeff 16 was pulled from district 4 and added to district 2.
All of these changes resulted in 4.36% difference in population between the largest and smallest districts. These will be the districts until after the next census.