About the Census
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and 5 U.S. territories. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources based on census data.
As a service to our citizens, and in an effort to support the national census, the county is committed to having everyone counted. Please visit the 2020 Census website for more information about the census.
The U.S. Census Bureau has begun releasing the 2020 Decennial Census Data, beginning with the redistricting dataset. Data released on Aug. 12, 2021 includes total population, voting age population, race and data regarding Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, which was a separate question on the Census questionnaire. Additional data include the number of housing units, whether housing units were occupied or vacant, and population in group quarters.
Additional information will be posted on this page as it becomes available through the U.S. Census Bureau.
Chesterfield County Analysis on 2020 Census Data
Since 2010, Chesterfield’s population has grown by 15.5%, now totaling 365,306 residents. Chesterfield remains the fourth most populated county in the state – behind Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun. While the current data is limited, the U.S. Census Bureau expects to release additional datasets early in 2022, at which time the county will be able to produce further insights into what is happening in our community.
U.S. Census Bureau Information
Law requires the Board of Supervisors to change the boundaries of magisterial districts every 10 years. District changes need to reapportion population among the districts and must be based on U.S. Census data. Boundary changes must be based on U.S. Census data. Redistricting of magisterial district does not change any school district boundaries.
Requirements for Redistricting
- Magisterial Districts must be contiguous.
- Magisterial Districts must be compact.
- Magisterial Districts must have clearly observable boundaries such as streets, rivers, and other permanent features shown on maps.
- Magisterial Districts must have 'equal' population; maximum deviation between districts should be less than 5%.
- Redrawing magisterial district cannot result in:
- Racial vote packing (concentrating a voting bloc into one district to remove their ability to influence surrounding districts)
- Racial vote cracking (breaking a voting bloc into many districts to water down their vote)
On Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 the Board of Supervisors reviewed the 2021 Redistricting Proposal (PDF). The full presentation and map proposal are available below:
- Chesterfield County 2021 Redistricting Proposal Presentation (PDF)
- 2021 Proposed District Map (PDF)
- October Community Meeting Presentation on Redistricting Proposal (PDF)
Download high-resolution maps illustrating the areas of proposed change, including the specific population and demographic details:
- Proposed Clover Hill Addition from Matoaca (Woodlake Area) (PDF)
- Proposed Clover Hill Addition from Matoaca (Cambria Cove Area) (PDF)
- Proposed Midlothian Addition from Matoaca (PDF)
- Proposed Dale Addition from Clover Hill (PDF)
- Proposed Dale Addition from Midlothian (PDF)
Alternative Proposal - Woodlake Community, Clover Hill and Matoaca Districts
On Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, the Board of Supervisors released an alternative proposal focused on the Woodlake community. The alternative map included the area that was contained within the boundaries of Woolridge Road, Fox Club Parkway and West Branch Dry Creek to the reservoir. After further review, the area east of Woodlake Village Parkway, south of West Branch Dry Creek, has now also been included in the alternative Plan B proposal.
Submit Your Comments or Questions
The online portal for public comment will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. The Board of Supervisors will take action during the Nov. 17 Board meeting.
Have comments or questions about redistricting in Chesterfield County? Submit your feedback using the form below:
County Attorney Jeff Mincks presented a redistricting update to the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 22, 2021. View the entire presentation in the video below: