Last year, there was a lot of time and energy put into the Census 2020 count, but the process is still not complete. According to a recent Associated Press article, the U.S. Census Bureau was supposed to provide redistricting data to states by March 31, but that data will likely not be available until later in the year. The Census now reports that it plans to release apportionment data by the end of April, but specific redistricting information might not come out for several more months.
Some states are considering postponing their 2022 primaries or are using other population estimates to start the task of redrawing voting districts used for U.S. and state legislative elections.
We believe the Census 2020 data, when it comes out, will show an increase in Carlsbad’s population, but we are concerned that the final results will not come close to reflecting our city and area’s actual population. Oil prices dipped to a record low last year right at the same time that data collection was being finalized. Man camps and RV parks around the area went from overflowing to nearly empty – and many of those locations are now filling back up again. We are still hopeful that the Census will consider these variables when preparing its final report listing the population of our community.
From the office of Mayor Dale Janway