Lawmakers encouraged by census numbers


BILOXI — As legislative redistricting begins this week, Coast lawmakers are somewhat relieved by the first post-Katrina Census numbers.

Census estimates had predicted large population losses for Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties, and lawmakers there had feared the loss of two seats in the state House and two in the state Senate. But the census numbers released Thursday showed Hancock and Jackson County saw growth over the decade despite losses from Katrina in 2005, and Harrison showed only a 1.3 percent drop in population — not the 5 percent projected.

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