The U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday it plans to provide all states with the data to use for redrawing legislative and congressional districts on Sept. 16.
That data will be exactly the same as the counts the bureau published on Aug. 12, but it will be in a more user-friendly format and will be provided directly to state officials on disk. The administration of Gov. Phil Murphy has decided not to use the Aug. 12 data for the redistricting but to wait for the September release.
Once they officially get the data from the New Jersey secretary of state’s office — which will make small changes to redistribute those who are incarcerated to their former neighborhoods of residence — two commissions are set to redraw district lines to equalize population shifts over the last decade.
The maps included here show the 2020 populations of New Jersey’s congressional and legislative districts, according to official census counts.
No congressional district lost population, but some grew faster than others: The 10th, based in Newark and Jersey City, grew by nearly 30%, while the southernmost 2nd increased by less than 6%.
Nine legislative districts lost population, while 10 others saw double-digit growth.