We are sure you remember the 2020 US Census, that decennial count of Americans that, for the first time in recent memory if ever, took place in the midst of a pandemic.
Now that it’s 2021, you might expect the numbers to be released soon for Ohio, Richland County, and the county’s cities and villages. You would be mostly right. Here’s what’s up.
Just before New Year’s, the Census Bureau shared the following:
“Data collection is just one part of producing a complete and accurate 2020 Census. Since mid-October, Census Bureau experts have been hard at work on processing the data.
As issues that could affect the accuracy of the data are detected, they are corrected. This important process, which has been a part of every decennial census, is critical to produce data that can be used for apportioning seats in the House of Representatives among the states.
The schedule for reporting this data is not static. Projected dates are fluid. We continue to process the data collected and plan to deliver a complete and accurate state population count for apportionment in early 2021, as close to the statutory deadline as possible.”
The answer, therefore, appears to be… soon.
Never fear, however — as this process has been unfolding, the Bureau did release the last estimate of state population, that for July 1, 2020.
According to a news release: “Additional estimates for metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, counties, cities, towns, and Puerto Rico and its municipios, as well as estimates of housing units for the nation, states and counties will be released on a flow basis from February 2021 through June 2021. Estimates by demographic characteristics and estimates of the components of change will also be released for some geographies. These estimates will be made available as a limited number of downloadable datasets.”
The estimate for Ohio showed some rather positive news. The July 1, 2020 estimate of the state’s population was 11,693,217, which is just 3,290 less than the year before — suggesting that Ohio’s out-migration may be ebbing.