Census, Populations, and Redistricting

2020 was a year full of data and information that we’ll be able to study for years to come. We conducted a presidential election, and we experienced a global pandemic. But one of the most impactful pieces of 2020 was the census. 

Last year, the 2020 Census was conducted to count the total population of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories and to gather other demographic data. The 10 year census differs from the American Community Survey (ACS) which is conducted every month every year. The ACS collects additional data beyond demographic information such as education, employment, internet access, and transportation. 

The first set of information coming from the 2020 Census is raw population counts for each state. Primarily, this will be used to determine the distribution of Congressional seats to states. As the populations shifted across the country over the last decade, some states, like California and Michigan, will lose Congressional seats, while others, Texas and Montana, will gain seats.

Using a mapping tool by Redistricting & You, we can see how Kansas’s population has shifted from the average by US Congress, state senate, and state house districts. The below maps show how the population of Kansas has shifted to the north east, with Johnson County seeing the most growth.

US Congress

State Senate

State House

As more information from the 2020 Census is made publicly available, we will be updating the Data Dashboard and providing deeper analysis and insights for implications for Kansas communities.