Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released detailed 2020 Census results that will direct the flow for federal and state funding for the next decade. States will also use the data to redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries. The statistics, which provide a snapshot of where people were living as of April 1, 2020, are reflective of pre-pandemic conditions and show the cities having grown from 2010 which will drive significant funding there for the next decade. Unfortunately, as more and more people have left urban centers for more suburban and rural settings in the past post-pandemic 14 months, the demands on township infrastructure will not benefit from state or federal population driven funding. Stay tuned for a more detailed breakdown of pre-pandemic population trends relative to townships in next week’s morning news.
Overall, the 2020 Census recorded 331 million people in the U.S., a 7.4% increase over the 2010 data. However, Pennsylvania’s population only grew at a 2.1% since 2010 and now stands slightly over 13 million, As a result, Pennsylvania will lose one congressional seat, going from 18 to 17. To learn more about the 2020 Census and yesterday’s data release, click here.