Preliminary census data shows how Long Beach has changed since 2010 – Press Telegram
Long Beach officials just got a better idea of how the city’s population has changed over the past decade — and what that means for city council districts.
The city released a report this week, compiled by Redistricting Partners, Inc., which analyzed preliminary data from the 2020 census.
Overall, the city grew by 4,466 residents, or about 1%, over the past 10 years, according to the document, and the voter-eligible population grew by 16%.
City Council’s First, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Districts saw the greatest population changes. District 7 increased by 5% and District 5 by 4%. Districts 1 and 6, meanwhile, both fell by around 4%.
The racial makeup of the districts also changed.
The number of Latinos in Long Beach grew by 7% overall, and that growth is most noticeable in the city’s northern Eighth and Ninth Districts, which both saw 10% spikes in their Latino populations.
The overall black population, meanwhile, fell by 3%, most evident in the First Southwest District. The number of blacks there has decreased by 6%.
The number of Asians in the whole city increased by 1%. This increase was concentrated mainly in the third, fourth and fifth districts in the east, which all recorded increases of 3%. However, the Asian population of the seventh western district fell by 2%.
The report did not break down changes in Long Beach’s white population.
While Long Beach has already begun redistricting work, census data confirms that new district lines will be needed. This is because the law requires districts to be roughly the same size, and the scale of population displacement since 2010 means that the current district map is no longer consistent.
Now the only question is where the new lines will be drawn.
The Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission must consider a number of factors when making these decisions, including neighborhood lines, geography, and communities of interest, i.e. groups that share a common history or culture.
And, of course, the commission must take into account the opinion of the public. People can submit their own maps online, and the panel has several community meetings scheduled throughout the year to get a sense of community members’ priorities.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8.
If you are going to
What: Independent Redistricting Commission Community Meeting
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 8
Or: Civic Chambers, 411 W Ocean Blvd.