Census 2010 In Indiana

Power: Why the Census Matters to Indiana

Congressional Representation and the Electoral College

Indiana lost a seat in the House of Representatives after Census 2000—leaving us with nine representatives. This also has an impact on presidential elections since each state’s number of electoral votes is equal to its number of representatives plus senators.

As the population increasingly shifts to the southern and western parts of the country, Indiana is in danger of losing its ninth seat in the coming decades. In fact, neighboring Illinois, Michigan and Ohio are all projected to lose seats in 2020. This makes it all the more necessary to count every Hoosier in an effort to keep our seats.

Local Representation

Census data are also used to define

  • State legislature districts
  • School districts
  • Ivy Tech Community College service areas