Tuesday could be like Christmas morning for Hawaii demographers. It’s the day that Hawaii’s leaders receive official population totals from the once-per-decade count that is the U.S. Census.

The Census Bureau announced Thursday that Hawaii would be among the states to receive its population count — as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age — this week.

A bureau representative said Tuesday would likely be the day of delivery to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and other state leaders. The data will be made available to the general public Wednesday.

The data released this week will give Hawaii an opportunity to look in the mirror, something Civil Beat has already done in a number of articles inspired by the 2009 American Community Survey that replaced the so-called “long form” Census. Those articles can be found along the right rail, and today we publish for you the data tables that informed our coverage:

The population count has an immediate real-world impact as well. The receipt of the official number is the first in a laundry list of events that will end with a new electoral map in time for the 2012 election.

This is an exciting week for Hawaii’s future. We’ll post the new data as soon as we have it.

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