The 2010 Census found that one out of 50 Georgians described themselves as mixed-race, a notable increase from 2000. Georgia was one of nine states where the number of residents who claimed at least two races increased by at least 70 percent between the last two national population counts.
Asians are now the nation's largest group of new immigrants. The Pew Research Center says, Hispanics dropped to 31% of the nation's new arrivals while Asians were 38%. The Asian share of Georgia's population rose from about 2% in 2000 to about 3% in 2010.
US Census figures show, the number of couples identifying themselves as living in same-sex households in Georgia is up 55% from ten years ago. Statistics released Thursday show, the state has nearly 30,000 households self-reporting as having a same-sex couple. A demographer says, the official figure doesn't include all of Georgia's same-sex couples.
Georgia's black elected officials are hoping the Republican-dominated state legislature won't target some of their members in the upcoming special session on redistricting. The Georgia Association of Black Elected officials is holding workshops on the once-a-decade process of re-drawing political boundaries at their annual meeting in Savannah this weekend. South Georgia lawmakers are of special concern.
Although Census poverty numbers won't be out until later this year, the Bureau's statistical surveys suggest officials won't be happy. After spending millions of dollars on anti-poverty programs, Savannah's three-decade-old 22% poverty rate could remain unchanged or increase, according to a Bureau statistical analysis. Officials already have answers.
When the Census numbers come out in April, Georgia cities won't just have federal and state tax dollars at stake. Some cities are concerned they might lose local dollars as well. That's because cities will have to renegotiate with counties for local option sales tax funds. And since those funds are generally split based on population, declining cities could lose yet another funding source.
The US Census Bureau will announce population figures Tuesday that will determine seats in Congress. They'll also determine seats in Georgia's General Assembly. There's no doubt Southern Georgia will be at a distinct disadvantage going into redistricting.