- The 2020 census data was released Thursday and showed a diversifying country.
- Populations declined in rural areas, and The Villages ended up the fastest-growing US metro area.
- Here are other takeaways from the long-awaited report.
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New demographic data from the 2020 US census was released Thursday, revealing how the makeup of the country has changed in the past 10 years.
The long-awaited census information is usually released by March 30 but was held up by coronavirus-related delays.
Here are five of the biggest takeaways from the released data:
Another first: The number of people identifying as white dropped below 60%.
According to the data, the percentage of participants identifying as white dropped to 57.8%, indicating America is becoming a more diverse country and will eventually be a majority-minority one.
Areas of red were areas that saw their population shrink, while greener counties reported population growth.
Most of Middle America saw a decrease in population growth over the past decade, according to the census results.
Large sections of South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Mississippi have seen declines in their population since 2010, the data shows.
When the Census Bureau released top-line apportionment numbers in April, it became clear that Texas would be the biggest winner of more House seats, while many states in the Midwest and the Northeast would lose seats.
According to a Republican redistricting expert, “five to seven states” will most likely produce their new maps by next month, but half of states would need until the end of the year to completely redistrict.
With GOP-led governments in most states, redistricting could eliminate Democratic seats or make it easier for Republicans to win elections — a shift that could allow the GOP to reclaim control of the US House.
Since 2010, the population of the Villages — a massive retirement community — grew 39%, to about 130,000 people from about 93,000, CNN reports.
The community requires at least one member of each household to be at least 55 years old. The Villages made headlines in 2020 when a Trump-supporting resident shouted “white power” while driving through the neighborhood on golf carts during a rally to support the then-president.
That group grew to 33.8 million people from about 9 million over the decade, data showed.
The stunning rise, however, could be due to a change in the way the census is conducted.
The 2020 survey asked Americans new, more-detailed questions about their race, allowing for what it called a “more thorough and accurate depiction of how people self-identify.”
Because of this, the Census Bureau warned that any takeaways regarding race and ethnicity in the past decade should be “made with caution,” though it expressed confidence the changes reflected true changes in the American landscape and population.