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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 Census

In Short: Texas gains 4 seats; Florida gains 2 seats; Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah, Washington gain 1 seat; Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania lose 1 seat; New York, Ohio lose 2 seats.

Notes: First Census ever since California has been a state that it did not gain any seats. Michigan is the only state to lose population since the last Census. National Growth rate this decade was 9.7% with a total population of 308,745,538.

This result is an advantage for the GOP, especially since the amount of House Legislatures they gained in the past election, and the growth of GOP stronghold states over more liberal progressive states.

From Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.
Michigan was the only state to lose population during the past decade. Nevada, with a 35 percent increase, was the fastest-growing state.
The new numbers are a boon for Republicans, with Texas leading the way among GOP-leaning states that will gain House seats, mostly at the Rust Belt's expense. Following each once-a-decade census, the nation must reapportion the House's 435 districts to make them roughly equal in population, with each state getting at least one seat.