#Experts in the media - Political science professor discusses 2020 Census data

#Experts in the media - Political science professor discusses 2020 Census data

August 16, 20211 min read

The 2020 Census is out - and media are coming to Georgia Southern University to help breakdown the numbers and explain the details about how it all impacts Georgia.

America is becoming more diverse, according to new data from the 2020 Census.

Analysts say the biggest jump came, in the multiracial category. It went from nine million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020. That’s a 276 % increase.

The Latino and Asian communities also saw big jumps. A political science professor at Georgia Southern says this data has a big impact on local communities.

“Another thing is the redistricting process in general. The results of the Census are going to have a big impact on the redistricting process this year in state legislatures. For instance, some states are losing representatives, and some states are gaining representatives,” Kimberly Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science and international studies, said.

While Georgia and South Carolina are keeping the same number of representatives, Martin says the Census affects funding, and also gives lawmakers an idea of how demographics in their districts have changed over the past decade.  August 13 - WTOC

If you are a reporter covering this topic - then let our experts help.

Contact Georgia Southern Director of Communications Jennifer Wise at jwise@georgiasouthern.edu for an interview with Professor Martin today.

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