Indiana’s 2010 Census Data to be Released Next Week

The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to release Indiana’s 2010 Census data next week. The summary will include data on race and voting age for multiple areas within the State, such as census tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts.

In December, it was reported that Indiana grew by 6.6% in the past 10 years. The results of the once a decade count determined that unlike Illinois, which lost population, and one House of Representative seat, the Hoosier state will retain all of its nine U.S. House seats.

Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly and they will use the data to redraw legislative congressional districts.

There has been much speculation as to what would happen to the U.S. Second District House of Representative seat where Congressman Joe Donnelly squeaked out a fall victory over Republican challenger Jackie Walorski. Walorski is said to be gearing up for another run, even at this early stage, no matter what the configuration of the District.

Another District to watch is the 17th where Representative Nancy Dembowski won a close race against Republican Challenger Francis Ellert. Speculation is that Ellert, too, is interested in another race for that seat in 2012. Republican 5th District Senator Ed Charbonneau would be considered to have a safe District due to being in the majority party that will control the redrawing of the maps.