One of the impacts of the 2020 Census is that the City of Atlanta must redraw its council districts to rebalance population shifts over the previous decade as revealed by the census counts. In our case, growth patterns in the city resulted in Council District 6 having the second highest population in the city (District 2 having the highest) and Council Districts 10 and 12 having the lowest.
Over the last several months, Council has been deliberating numerous maps that would bring all district population counts closer to a target average across all twelve districts - adding residents to those districts that lost population and reducing districts that gained – while also considering such additional parameters as contiguity of numbered districts, demographics, communities of interest, etc.
A final map representing the consensus we have reached through that process was introduced at our Tuesday, September 6, meeting and is shown below:
The Committee on Council will continue deliberations and receive public input, with an anticipated timeline of adoption by the end of October. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me and my colleagues during this period.