Remember just a year ago how the headlines were full of stories about the 2010 US Census? Well, the Census data collected all last year is now being released – slowly, as it is organized – and we’ve received the first pieces of it.
By Federal law, the US Census Bureau is required to release basic population data by April 1st of the year following the decennial count. This is so that States can begin the redistricting process, realigning the voting district lines for the House of Representatives so that the total number of representatives reflects the population changes in each area of each state.
Wisconsin’s population figures were released this week, and if you select Wisconsin on the map, you will see that the north central counties (other than Vilas) decreased in population. Oneida County’s population decreased by 2%.
The following table shows the population change for individual towns in Oneida County (towns in italics are those that lost population in the last ten years):
|City/Town||2010 Population||2000 Population||Change||% Change|
You can browse the data on population, race, housing units and occupancy for yourself at the new American FactFinder. But it is a bit tricky to use, so I have summarized the population, housing and occupancy numbers for Oneida and Vilas County in an Excel file available here.
You will notice that I’ve included the % Vacant Housing Units in the Excel worksheet. In Oneida and Vilas County, nearly 50% of all homes are “vacant.” In the full decennial Census data, there is another category “For seasonal, recreational or occaisonal use” – which is what the vast majority of vacant housing in Oneida and Vilas counties are. That number has not been released for the 2010 data yet, so it is difficult to know yet whether the across-the-board increase in vacant housing units is an increase in seasonal housing, or in vacant homes sitting on the market.
The rest of the 2010 Census data is scheduled to be released in parts over the next two years, with the Demographic Profile due out in May 2011, and the Summary File 1 (the majority of the basic information on demographic, social, economic and housing data) due out between June and August 2011. Watch this space for updates as they come!