The U.S. Census Bureaus Census 2000 redistricting data for West Virginia, released Wednesday (March 28), is available on the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research web site.

The web site has been designed to mirror and archive this and future Census 2000 data releases. The Bureau site became active just after the governor acknowledged receipt of the Federal Express Census package delivery. This site will allow visitors to directly access West Virginia census data without having to navigate the entire U.S. Census Bureau site or experience delays because of Internet congestion. The address is:

The redistricting data released Wednesday and posted on the Bureau site provides the Census 2000 population counts for the entire state, as well as maps showing detail down to the block level. Besides offering West Virginia data, the site provides U.S. Census Bureau press notices and a link to the U.S. Census Bureau. For the next three years, the Census Bureau will be releasing data gathered from the 2000 Census, and the Bureau will update its site as each release occurs. The site will also post breaking news and updates from the U.S. Census Bureau.