MCDC News and Updates

Missouri Surpassed 6 Million Persons in the 2010s

The U.S. Census Bureau has published a collection of state population profiles for 2020 as part of its “America Counts” story series.

Missouri now has a population of 6,154,913 and 2,786,621 housing units.

Between 2010 and 2020, Missouri’s population increased by 165,986, or 2.8%. By comparison, the overall U.S. population increase was 7.4%.

Missouri’s under-18 population decreased over the past 10 years by 3.2%, while the adult population increased by 4.6%.

Some key figures about the population of the entire United States, for comparison:

  • Population was up to 331.4 million.
  • The Diversity Index went up to 61.1%, from 54.9%.
  • The under-18 population decreased by 1.4%, and the adult population increased by 10.1%.
  • The number of housing units went up 6.7%, and vacancies went down to 9.7% of all housing units.

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Missouri profile page to learn more.

PL94-171 Redistricting Data is In

The PL94-171 (redistricting) data from the 2020 decennial census is now available in the MCDC data collection.

This is the first major data release of the 2020 Census, comprising race / ethnicity / voting age demographics, along with housing tenure, for all U.S. geographic areas down to the census block level.

MCDC’s new collection (/data/pl942020) includes data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The collection contains two datasets per state, one each with totals ([SS]sums) and detail ([SS]detail). The sums datasets will be most useful for our regular users.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau,

Public Law (P.L.) 94-171, enacted by Congress in December 1975, requires the Census Bureau to provide states the opportunity to identify the small area geography for which they need data in order to conduct legislative redistricting. The law also requires the U.S. Census Bureau to furnish tabulations of population to each state, including for those small areas the states have identified, within one year of Census day.

Over the coming days and weeks, we will add more datasets to this collection, including U.S. level and some trends.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Glenn Rice at MCDC.

St. Louis Named as a Test Site for the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau announced earlier in April that it plans to conduct a census test, beginning October 3, 2016, in selected areas within St. Louis, Mo., and Buncombe County, N.C.

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. Towards that goal, the Census Bureau will test new technologies for the address canvassing operation, which is the process of identifying and noting the locations of houses, apartments, shelters and other residences. This test will use new methods and data sources to detect new residential developments and to help the Census Bureau refine its operational plans for the 2020 Census.

The Bureau chose the test areas based on their mix of housing types in urban, suburban, and rural areas that have experienced changes in their population since 2010.

The test will end on December 16, 2016.

Conducting the census test will require hiring approximately 150 temporary census staff for each site. Pay will range from $13.84 to $19.21 per hour. Recruiting is now underway for these local jobs. For more information about job opportunities in St. Louis, please call the toll-free number 1-866-593-6154 or chicago.recruiting@census.gov.