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New population figures show many more citizens in northern Ward 1 than in the other two City Council districts.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - This map shows the population disparity between each of the city's wards, using data collected from the 2020 U.S. Census. The city is beginning the process of redrawing the boundaries, which determine where city councilors must reside in order to run for specific seats on the city policy board. Each ward is represented by two councilors.Hillsboro has an uneven number of people living in each of its three city wards, which determine the boundaries by with City Council positions are elected, and which parts of town they represent.

Now, the city is hosting a virtual meeting and online survey for folks to weigh in on the process to redraw the map and bring the ward configuration into compliance with the city code.

Community members can learn more and give their feedback at a virtual meeting being held tonight, Wednesday, June 8. The meeting will be held virtually over Zoom, from 6 to 8 p.m. To obtain the link, or to find links to a survey you can fill out if you cannot attend, visit the city's website.

Hillsboro officials say that the results of the 2020 U.S. Census showed a differing number of people living in each of the city's three wards. Now, there is uneven amount of people living in each ward.

Ward 1, which comprises northern Hillsboro, has by far the largest share of the population. More than 43,000 people live in Ward 1, compared to about 32,800 in Ward 3, which encompasses western Hillsboro and the newly expanding Southern Hillsboro areas. Ward 2, by contrast, has the smallest number of people with 30,632.

Hillsboro will change the boundaries to align with the city charter, which states that each ward must be comprised of roughly equal numbers of citizens.

"Where and how the new boundaries are drawn will affect who is likely to be elected as a city councilor and how your neighborhood participates in city government," the city website says. "We are engaging the community and offering multiple opportunities for residents to provide input and feedback."

The city is partnering with Oregon's Kitchen Table, a nonprofit program within Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs, to sponsor this community engagement.

The survey to weigh in online will be open until June 24, according to the city's website.


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