The Census Bureau is expected to release official numbers Wednesday that will detail how Maryland's population has expanded and shifted in the past decade.
The bureau announced Tuesday afternoon that it had shipped the data, which will be used to redraw Maryland's political district lines, to Gov. Martin O'Malley and leaders of the state legislature. Once they have confirmed their receipt of the data, the Census Bureau will release the information on its website.
The data will include population counts down to the block level, including information on race, Hispanic ethnicity and home vacancy. Maryland is one of the first 10 states to receive its data, reflecting the crunched redistricting schedule officials here face. Congressional primaries in the state are scheduled for almost exactly one year from Wednesday. Virginia and New Jersey received their data last week.