2020 census

Washington, Idaho Gain Residents In 2020 Census

Aug 13, 2021
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New census figures show the population continues to grow in Washington and Idaho and most of their cities and counties. Here's a quick look at the numbers.

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The U.S. Census Bureau on Monday released its first numbers from the nationwide 2020 population count.

Ron Jarmin, the acting director for the Census Bureau, unveiled one nugget of interest for Northwest states, in terms of representation in Congress.

Late Census Numbers Change Redistricting Routine In Idaho

Apr 26, 2021
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The delay in distributing 2020 census numbers is forcing some states to change the routine of redrawing political boundaries.

The changes seem to be minimal in Washington. The state’s redistricting commission members are appointed and meeting regularly, even though they have no numbers to work with yet.

Idaho is a little behind Washington.

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Idaho lawmakers are getting cabin fever.

"This is potentially a ticket out of here, so I would really appreciate it if you introduce this," said Idaho Republican Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma, presenting a bill Friday morning to the state House Ways and Means Committee.

Census Bureau

Census bureau employees have begun the last phase of collecting data for the 2020 national head count.

Census spokesman Toby Nelson says about 3,000 people began knocking on doors in 20 counties in eastern Washington over the weekend. Canvassers have been out in north Idaho the past few weeks. They will be working between now and the end of September to follow up with people who haven’t filled out census forms.

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The U.S. Census Bureau is searching for workers in the Inland Northwest to carry out the once-every-10-years count.  

The bureau is advertising thousands of temporary jobs in the region. Those jobs will last about eight weeks. Pay is up to $16 an hour.