2010 US Census Shows Population 309Million; Midwest and Northeast States Loses Congressional Seats to South and West

The Census Bureau released the latest data for the 2010 Census. It continues to show a long-standing trend of growth in the South and West, while North and East lost population. The GOP may benefit from the population shift. From AP Yahoo News:

Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation’s population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.

The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation’s population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, the lowest since the Great Depression. The nation’s population grew by 13.2 percent from 1990 to 2000.

Texas is the big winner with 4 new congressional districts, in second place Florida despite the housing crash gains 2 districts:

Texas will gain four new House seats, and Florida will gain two. Gaining one each are Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

The losers the buckeye state and the empire state with two Congressional districts apiece:

Ohio and New York will lose two House seats each. Losing one House seat are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

California first time in state history does not add a congressional districts:

Ohio and New York will lose two House seats each. Losing one House seat are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Florida will now have as many U.S. House members as New York: 27. California will still have 53 seats, and Texas will climb to 36.

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