Local census data to be released in early 2011

Published 11:01 am Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau revealed last week that Alabama’s population has grown by 7.5 percent, but it won’t be known until early 2011 whether Chilton County has experienced the same type growth.

The Census Bureau plans to release county and city demographic date on a rolling model in February and March 2011.

According to the 2009 population estimate, Chilton County’s population increased from 39,593 in 2000 to 42,971 in 2009.

Alabama’s state government would begin the redistricting process, in which congressional and state districts are redrawn, after it receives census totals.

Redistricting is meant to take population shifts into account and assure equal representation for constituents in compliance with the “one-person, one-vote” principle of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The population of the United States increased 9.7 percent, from 281,421,906 in 2000 to 308,745,538 on April 1, 2010.

Alabama’s population growth will not result in additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The state, the 23rd most populous in the country, has held seven seats since losing one after the 1970 census.