: The Census Numbers Are In...Let the NJ Battle Begin!

The Census Numbers Are In...Let the NJ Battle Begin!

And now the battles begin!

NJ from wikimediaThe US Census Bureau announced yesterday the first of is findings for 2010.  In New Jersey that means; we're still #1 in population density among all states* with 8,791,894 residents stuffed into our 7,417 square miles and despite a subdued population increase, we're loosing a congressional seat.

It's apportionment, a process of dividing the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states based on the population figures collected during the decennial census. And redistricting is the process of assigning residents to congressional and legislative districts, in accordance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and it's one-person, one-vote principle. 

Ocean County's 9th Legislative District (2001)Redistricting has always been contentious in New Jersey, it means political manuevreing on a grand scale. While the big news is the loss a House seat, the immediate focus will be on redrawing the state's 40 legislative districts.

New Jersey is one of four states with legislative races in 2011, so it will be among the first states to receive local census details, probably by early February.  And that's when the battle begins!

For the redrawing of the state legislative districts a commission of five NJ Democrats and five NJ Republicans will devise a map dividing the nearly 8.8 million people into 40 roughly equal districts. Populations will have to be within 5 percent either way of 219,797, meaning up to 10,990 above or below the average. 

Legislative redistricting could mean big changes in Ocean County's representation in Trenton, because as of last year Ocean County's population estimates had increased by more than 12% over the figures from 2000.  If you'd like to take a look at an interactive Census map, it's here!

 

*DC is actually the most densely populated area in the US
 
 
 
  

     
Comment balloon 13 commentsLaura Giannotta • December 22 2010 05:27AM

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Somehow NJ losing electoral votes isn't causing me to lose any sleep.   ;-)

Posted by Cameron Novak, Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team (The Homefinding Center) almost 8 years ago

I did not know that NJ was #1 in population density...Oh, yeah I HAVE heard of the NJ turnpike!

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) almost 8 years ago

Cameron - We love our politics here in NJ, and this is the best of times and the worst of times!

Rene - LOL ;-} 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 8 years ago

They say the numbers do not lie. Love the turnpike

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Harry - I too love the Turnpike, unless you run into one of those unexplainable traffic jams.  You know the ones that happen for no reason, just a driver taking in the sites and going the speed limit! LOL 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 8 years ago

Looks like more fun in the politial advertising department...yikes !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 8 years ago

Sally & David - It's more fun now, that's I'm not working in the middle of it all!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 8 years ago

We are staying the same...with all of our re-counts, that 's all we would hae needed to do is redistrict.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 8 years ago

Laura, if you need a little elbow room we could use about 5,000 people willing to work right here in our county alone.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) almost 8 years ago

Bob With our unemployment rate, I'm surprised you don't have a lot a New Jersey people out there already!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Laura!

Today is going to be a great day in New York...

Marry Christmas.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) almost 8 years ago

Anytime redistricting comes up it's a battle... The good news is that it's interesting to watch... sometimes. haha  Merry Christmas Laura!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORSĀ®) almost 8 years ago

Joshua - It'll be a great day in NJ too, as soon as I have more coffee!

Jesse - Sometimes is right, depends which side you're on!  Merry Christmas!  

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 8 years ago

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