U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Washington’s 2010 Census Population Totals,
Including First Look at Race and Hispanic Origin Data for Legislative
Redistricting

The U.S. Census Bureau today released more detailed 2010 Census
population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor and
leadership of the state legislature in Washington. These data provide the
first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin,
voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census.

The official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File can be used to
redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law
94-171. The census data are used by state officials to realign
congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into
account population shifts since the 2000 Census.

Data for Washington show that the five most populous incorporated places
and their 2010 Census counts are Seattle, 608,660; Spokane, 208,916;
Tacoma, 198,397; Vancouver, 161,791; and Bellevue, 122,363.  Seattle grew
by 8.0 percent since the 2000 Census. Spokane grew by 6.8 percent, Tacoma
grew by 2.5 percent, Vancouver grew by 12.7 percent, and Bellevue grew by
11.7 percent.

The largest county is King, with a population of 1,931,249.  Its
population grew by 11.2 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top
five include Pierce, with a population of 795,225 (increase of 13.5
percent); Snohomish, 713,335 (increase of 17.7 percent); Spokane, 471,221
(increase of 12.7 percent); and Clark, 425,363 (increase of 23.2 percent).

The redistricting file consists of five detailed tables: the first shows
the population by race, including six single race groups and 57 multiple
race groups (63 total race categories); the second shows the Hispanic or
Latino population as well as the non-Hispanic or Latino population
cross-tabulated by the 63 race categories. These tabulations are repeated
in the third and fourth tables for the population 18 years and over and are
for the resident population of the United States. The fifth table provides
counts of housing units and their occupancy status.

These five detailed tables are available to the public online via FTP
download at <http://www2.census.gov/census_2010/01-Redistricting_File–PL_94-171/> and
will be available within 24 hours at <http://factfinder2.census.gov>.  (

Access 2003 or Access 2007 shells or SAS scripts are provided to assist
with importing and accessing the summary file data from the FTP site.
These shells and scripts can be found at <
http://www.census.gov/rdo/tech_tips>.  This Web page also contains special
instructions for linking data downloaded from FactFinder and/or the FTP
site with the Census Bureau’s geographic products.)

By April 1, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
will receive these data for the following areas: state, congressional
districts (for 111th Congress), counties, minor civil divisions, state
legislative districts, places, school districts, census tracts, block
groups and blocks, and if applicable, American Indian and Alaska Native
areas and Hawaiian home lands. In addition, data are available for the 46
states that voluntarily provided voting districts to the Census Bureau’s
Redistricting Data Program. Unique geographies for the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico are also available.

Race and Hispanic Origin Data

The Census Bureau collects race and Hispanic origin information
following the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) standards for
collecting and tabulating data on race and ethnicity. In October 1997, the
OMB issued the current standards, which identify five race groups: white,
black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The Census Bureau also utilized
a sixth category — “some other race.” Respondents who reported only one
race are shown in these six groups.

Individuals were first presented with the option to self-identify
with more than one race in the 2000 Census, and this continued in the 2010
Census. People who identify with more than one race may choose to provide
multiple races in response to the race question. The 2010 Census results
provide new data on the size and makeup of the nation’s multiracial
population.

Respondents who reported more than one of the six race groups are
included in the “two or more races” population. There are 57 possible
combinations of the six race groups.

The Census Bureau included the “some other race” category for
responses that could not be classified in any of the other race categories
on the questionnaire. In the 2000 Census, the vast majority of people who
reported only as “some other race” were of Hispanic or Latino origin. Data
on Hispanics or Latinos, who may be of any race, were obtained from a
separate question on ethnicity.

How to Find Assistance

Additional information about the redistricting data program,
including news releases for other states, can be found online at <
http://2010.census.gov/news/press-kits/redistricting.html>. More
information on the redistricting data program is also available at <
http://www.census.gov/rdo/data>.

For further information about Washington’s 2010 Census redistricting
data, contact:
• Census Redistricting Data Office, U.S. Census Bureau,
e-mail: <rdo@census.gov>;
• Census Bureau Regional Office, Seattle,  e-mail:
<Seattle.Regional.Office@census.gov >;
• State Data Centers <http://www.census.gov/sdc/network.html>

Description of Five Custom Tables

In addition to the full set of detailed tables to be available on
FactFinder within 24 hours, five custom tables are also attached to this
news release. The first (Table 1) shows the most populous counties and
incorporated places in 2010, their change since the 2000 Census and their
population rank for both decades.

Table 2 shows data for all ages and for those 18 and older for the
Hispanic or Latino population, as well as for people who reported one race
and those who reported two or more races. This table also shows the numeric
and percent change in the population by race and Hispanic origin between
2000 and 2010.

Table 3 is similar to Table 2. However, it shows data for the six
“race alone or in combination” categories. The concept “race alone or in
combination” includes people who reported only a single race (e.g., Asian)
and people who reported that race in combination with one or more of the
other major race groups (i.e., white, black or African-American, American
Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and
some other race).

The concept “race alone or in combination,” represents the maximum
number of people who reported as that major race group, either alone or in
combination with another race(s). The sum of the six individual “race alone
or in combination” categories may add to more than the total population
because people who reported more than one race were tallied in each race
category.

For people who reported two or more races, Table 4 shows the
population in each of the 15 combinations of two races (for example, the
number of people who reported being both white and black or
African-American).

Table 5 shows the population in the major race categories and of
Hispanic or Latino origin for Washington’s most populous counties and
incorporated places.

Description of Two Custom Maps

The attached custom maps show the total population by county for
Washington and the percent change in the population by county.

Washington resources:
Custom tables – http://2010.census.gov/news/xls/cb11cn45_wa_2010redistr.xls
Map: Population totals (PDF) –
http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/cb11cn45_wa_totalpop_2010map.pdf
Map: Population totals (JPEG) –
http://2010.census.gov/news/img/cb11cn45_wa_totalpop_2010map.jpg
Map: Population change (PDF) –
http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/cb11cn45_wa_perchange_2010map.pdf
Map: Population change (JPEG) –
http://2010.census.gov/news/img/cb11cn45_wa_perchange_2010map.jpg
Interactive Map – http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
FTP site –
http://www2.census.gov/census_2010/01-Redistricting_File–PL_94-171/
Press kit – http://2010.census.gov/news/press-kits/redistricting.html

Editor’s Note: The five detailed tables provided to the state are available
to the public online via FTP download at <
http://www2.census.gov/census_2010/01-Redistricting_File–PL_94-171/> and
will be available within 24 hours at <http://factfinder2.census.gov>.
Access 2003 or Access 2007 shells or SAS scripts are provided to assist
with importing and accessing the summary file data from the FTP site.
These shells and scripts can be found at <
http://www.census.gov/rdo/tech_tips>.  This Web page also contains special
instructions for linking data downloaded from FactFinder and/or the FTP
site with the Census Bureau’s geographic products.