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Official 2010 Census Numbers Starting To Be Released This Week

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New Mexico won’t be among first four states to get results by Friday, Census officials say.

New Mexico is not among the first four states to get 2010 U.S. Census results, which will begin to be released on Friday, Census officials told the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Officials wouldn’t say when New Mexico could expect to receive the official numbers, but results for all states must be released by April 1, the Sun-News said.

States that have a more urgent need for the data will be given priority for release, and Census Bureau spokeswoman Stacy Vidal said Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia are expected to get their census information first, and the release is expected on Friday, the paper reported.

Cathy McCully, chief of the Census Bureau’s Redistricting Office, said in a telephone conference call on Monday that every state’s geographic products and redistricting data are first delivered to the state’s elected leaders, including the governor and legislative majority and minority leaders, the Sun-News said.

“Upon confirmation of delivery to the state leadership, we will release a news release with five custom tables of data,” McCully said. “Within 24 hours, the full set of five detailed tables will be available to the public online at http://factfinder2.census.gov. This is a similar practice the Census Bureau has used for years.”

Those states where changes to the number of congressional districts are expected will receive the data first, but since no such changes are expected in New Mexico, this state may not receive the census data until mid- to late March, the Sun-News said.

The information to be released will include summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age for multiple geographies within the state, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts, according to the Sun-News.

The Census Bureau home page is at www.census.gov.

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