Sandy Springs city officials say they expect minimal changes will be needed to equalize the populations of the city’s election districts following the 2010 Census.

“We believe it will be pretty simple,” City Councilman Gabe Sterling said after reviewing early data on population changes within the districts.

City officials say they will redraw the election districts using the new Census data in order to make the districts roughly equal in population. Sterling presented the early counts to other council members during the council’s June 21 meeting.

He said preliminary calculations using 2010 Census counts show the most populous district in the city was District 5, with 16,659 residents. The least populous, he said, was District 3, with 14,417 residents.

He said the “ideal” population for a district using 2010 Census numbers would be about 15,642 residents.

The district population numbers likely will change slightly as the city’s mapping system collects more precise Census data, city officials said.

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