By on 8.12.21 in Census 2020

Redistricting data from the 2020 census will be released today, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. The redistricting files are expected to be uploaded to the Census Bureau’s FTP site.

What’s included?

The August 12th release will include:

  • Race and ethnicity statistics. (Related blog post from Census Bureau)
  • A new Diversity Index.
  • Population down to the census block level.
  • Race for the voting age population of people over 18 years old.
  • Population totals for people who live in group quarters, like nursing homes and college housing.

Where can I find supporting material?

The 2020 Census data in pipe-delimited, legacy format will be available for download from the U.S. Census Bureau at 1:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The Bureau has provided detailed information on how to extract data from these files using Microsoft Access, SAS, or R (see “Legacy Format Support Materials”). 

We have published a guide on how to access the data, how to analyze the data, and what questions you can ask with the data released today.

Along with this release on Thursday, or soon after, the Census Bureau will release a 2020 Census data map, provide data visualization tools, update their QuickFacts table, and publish various America Counts stories.

This release follows the April 26, 2021 release of the first results from the 2020 Census that showed the total population of the United States and determined each state’s share of the 435 Congressional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

What’s the difference between the release on August 12 and the release by September 30, 2021?

To put it simply, the release by September 30 will be the same data but in an easier to understand format.

The August 12 release will be in a “legacy” format on a  public FTP site that governments have used in the 2010 and 2000 Censuses. These same data will be released in easier-to-use formats by September 30, 2021. Additionally, the Census Bureau will send these easier to understand data via DVD and flash drive to the official recipients in each state. By September 30 these data will also be published on the Census Bureau’s data explorer web tool

We have prepared tables showing you future data releases and what questions you can answer with each one.

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