The state’s shifting population will no doubt be fodder for political calculations in the coming months as the redistricting commission drafts new boundaries not only for congressional districts but also for those in the state Assembly and Senate. The commission, established by voters through a 2014 ballot proposition, has until Sept. 15 to present a draft of its redistricting plan.
It remains to be seen how the commission will redraw congressional lines after the state loses a seat in Congress. Given New York City’s significant rise in population, it is almost certain that the state’s diminished representation in Congress will come at the expense of upstate New York.
The 629,000 additional people in New York City could mean that an additional upstate district shift further toward the city.
With just 26 seats after the 2022 election, each district would have to represent about 777,000 residents.
The release of the data culled from the 2020 census is coming more than four months later than expected due to delays caused by the pandemic.
The numbers states use for redrawing congressional and legislative districts show where white, Asian, Black and Hispanic communities grew or shrank over the past decade.
It also shows which areas have gotten older or younger and the number of people living in dorms, prisons and nursing homes. The data covers geographies as small as neighborhoods and as large as states. An earlier set of data released in April provided state population counts and showed the U.S. had 331 million residents last year, a 7.4% increase from 2010.
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