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Aug 6, 2021

How to Download the Complete Set of 2020 Census Redistricting Files for Your State

The U.S. Census agency has released information about how to retrieve redistricting files. This is not names and addresses of residents. Instead, it contains population counts to use in their redrawing of congressional and state legislative district boundaries—a process known as “redistricting.” Population counts are available for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Instructions provided include:

The U.S. Census Bureau provides the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with population counts to use in their redrawing of congressional and state legisla­tive district boundaries—a process known as “redistricting.”

The Census Bureau will release these data on its public FTP site on August 12, 2021. The Census Bureau will release the same data in easier-to-use formats by September 30, 2021.

While the states are responsible for legislative redistricting, the Census Bureau provides the most accurate population counts possible for the geographic areas the states need.

Webinar in Advance of the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Release

You can learn more by starting at: https://www.census.gov/data/academy/data-gems/2021/how-to-download-the-complete-set-of-2020-redistricting-files.html.