The census numbers are in. America is changing, and state redistricting maps need to reflect that diversity.
Last decade, communities of color powered the country’s growth, accounting for all the population increase for the first time in history. Drawing voting district maps that reflect this emerging multiracial and multiethnic America has never been more urgent given the persistent underrepresentation of Black, Latino, and Asian communities. To spotlight the nation’s evolution, the Brennan Center has analyzed the population changes and demographic trends of the past decade in four states: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. We focus on the racial and ethnic groups that are driving growth and look at how population change has been distributed geographically. These analyses shed light on the demographic and social transformations that should guide the redistricting process and be visible in the maps that are eventually adopted.