The U.S. Census Bureau released block-level data needed for redistricting today (Thursday). The state’s total population of 29.1M was previously announced with the congressional apportionment data. Today’s release includes far more detail and at a much more granular level. At first glance, here are some figures that caught our attention:
- The state’s voting-age population increased 19.6% to 21.87M, adding nearly 3.6M people aged 18 and up (This figure includes Texans who were under 18 at the time of the last census.). The number of voter registrations has kept pace with population growth, increasing by 3.7M since the 2010 general election.
- Texas is the fourth most diverse state in the country with a population that is 39.7% white/Anglo, 39.3% Hispanic/Latino, 11.8% Black and 9.2% “diffuse,” of which 5.4% are represented by Asian-Americans.
- Texas gained 11 Hispanic/Latino residents, 3 Black residents and 3 Asian-American residents for every additional white/Anglo resident since 2010.
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