Census numbers are out and it’s growth for Franklin County

August 13 – After the ten-year census numbers were released from the US Census Bureau, it was found that Franklin County has seen 5% growth over the last decade.

In fact, the top five counties for growth in Pennsylvania are: Cumberland County, Lebanon County, Lehigh County, Chester County and Montgomery County.

Cumberland County saw 10% population growth in ten years.

Overall the state of Pennsylvania saw population growth, but it was much slower than the rest of the country. As a result, we will once again lose a Congressional seat.

Another big takeaway nationally is it has been the first time since the census data has been recorded that there’s been a decline in what the Census Bureau defines as white population. They break populations down into the categories of white, black, Hispanic, multi-racial, Asian and other.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll, Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen discussed the census report this morning during the Big Talk on First News.

Barkdoll said, “That is remarkable because what some of these demographers are pointing out, that there’s a real chance by the next ten year census we’re clearly moving in a direction that we will be a majority minority country in the very near future. That multi-racial category that the Census Bureau defines, that increased almost 300 percent in the last ten years. That was the fastest growing demographic group in the United States overall.”

Jansen pointed out, “To me, the idea that the mixed race is the fastest growing group, (and yet) really? We’re a racist country? I think this statistic alone proves how not racist and how accepting, welcoming and how we don’t see us as different human beings because of our different racial categories.”

Ryan said, “That’s a powerful point. That’s a huge point.”

Barkdoll said, “Agreed. To see a 300 percent increase in that class. What the census Bureau defines as black also had a substantial increase. I think that speaks well, it reflects well of our country. I do think it undermines some of these arguments that people are saying this is a racist country. America is changing. A lot of this population growth, a lot of the changes in demographics continue to be the southern states, the Sunbelt states, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arizona. You’re going to see the politics in those places change as well. I think we already saw that to some extent in Georgia. This now is the data to redraw the Congressional districts. So we know those commissions are already in place all over the country, including here in Pennsylvania.”

Franklin County may not stay in the same Congressional district.

Barkdoll said, “We’re already on what would be the eastern most boundary of Congressman Joyce’s district and then when you see this kind of population growth, is it possible that we now get put with another district maybe to our north or maybe to our east? We’ll see that in a few months, but I would not be surprised if we get put into a new district.”