Census Data for the MARC Region
The U.S. Census Bureau released population data from the 2010 Census for both Kansas and Missouri. Local and state governments use this data to redraw voting districts to ensure balanced representation. This process, called redistricting, happens after every decennial census.
In Missouri, redistricting was especially important this year as the state lost a congressional seat. Congressional district boundaries across the nation are redrawn to ensure that each of the 435 districts represents an equal number of people, and some other states grew faster than Missouri. Many local governments also make changes to city council districts, community college districts, school districts and other boundaries to reflect shifting populations.
The census data includes counts of total population and voting age population (those aged 18 and over) by race and Hispanic origin down to the block level. It also includes counts of total occupied housing units and vacant units. The race and Hispanic origin data is required to ensure fair representation regardless of race or ethnic origin.
MARC's Research Services Department has compiled census data for the MARC region in several formats that are available for download.
An Excel spreadsheet with total population numbers for counties and cities in the MARC region.
An interactive series of maps showing changes in population density and race, with analysis (requires Adobe Flash player). To scroll through maps, click on the red underlined text on each page.
In PDF format: Population change maps (using blue "bubbles" to indicate increases in population and red to indicate decreases, compared to 2000 data):
Additional sets of Census maps and data are available on the GIS website.
The New York Times has interactively mapped the U.S. 2010 Census data by county.
Link to Population and Ranking Tables of the Older Population for the United States, States, Puerto Rico, Places of 100,000 or More Population, Metropolitan/Micropolitan Areas and Counties. This 2010 Census table package provides data for the population age 65 and older as well as the population 85 and over in the U.S. The tables sort states alphabetically and rank states by the population 65+ and 85+; rank states, places of 100,000 or more population, and counties by percent 65+ and 85+; and rank states by percent change from 2000 to 2010 of the 65+ and 85+ populations. (Feb. 24, 2014)
Other regional data is available from MARC's Research Services Department online on the MetroDataline and GIS web pages.