Census 2010 State Stories: Week 5

This week’s release of Census 2010 redistricting data for Delaware, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina and Wyoming brought the number of states out so far to 26. Next week, biggies California, Arizona, Ohio and Pennsylvania are among seven states due. So, if you’re looking for national stories, you’ll soon have more than enough of a national data set to mine.

On to this week’s highlights. USA TODAY added stories on each state released in Week 5, and we updated our interactive map and data profile pages. A quick take on our stories:

Delaware: Mike Chalmers of The News Journal in Wilmington wrote that the state’s two smaller southern counties grew much faster than its more-populous northern county. Asians, he wrote, were the state’s fastest growing racial group, up 75.6%. (Also see Chalmers’ lengthier analysis at DelawareOnline.)

Kansas: The state continues the midwest theme of rural areas depopulating as job hunters head to cities. Judy Keen reported that the Army’s First Infantry Division’s relocation from Germany to Geary County made it the state’s fastest-growing county.

Nebraska: Here, too, people are migrating to Omaha and Lincoln at the expense of rural counties, Dennis Cauchon wrote.

North Carolina: One of the fastest-growing states of the last 10 years, North Carolina saw its Hispanic population more than double while the state overall grew nearly 19%. Jon Osterndorff said that climate and jobs have made it an attractive destination.

Wyoming: Bucking the rural-shrinking trend, the state’s population increased about 15%. Melanie Eversley wrote that natural gas exploration has driven an employment boom.

More stories:

— The Omaha World-Herald covered robust growth in cities such as Kearney.

— The Winston-Salem Journal dug to tract level for an analysis of Forsyth County’s fastest-growing locations (due, it said, to amenities such as roads, shopping and sewers).

— The Raleigh News & Observer followed the release with a takeout on Hispanics leaving North Carolina.


Aside from North Carolina, it was a thin week for multimedia. Highlights were the Winston-Salem Journal’s use of GeoCommons to map county population change plus tract-level changes in Forsyth County. The News & Observer has a Flash map of North Carolina county data.

Quote of the week:

This about sums it up:

“You either grow or you die. I’d much rather be growing than be in a place where the only viable business is the undertaker.”
— Jim Johnson Jr., a business professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, in the Charlotte Observer.

Till next week, as always — if I missed some good work, leave a comment!

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