The first results from the U.S. Census Bureau’s decennial research of America’s population announced that six states would gain seats, and seven states will lose a seat.
According to the results, Texas will enrich its congressional delegations with two U.S. House seats after ten years in which it added more than four million residents.
Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Oregon will see their delegations grow with one seat. Montana will add a district. It’d be its second, 30 years since it lost the second seat.
All the states with a losing seat are in the Rust Belt.
Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are among those who will have one seat less. Michigan will also lose a chair, and it happens five times in a row.
West Virginia isn’t an exclusion, and it will lose two seats beginning in the next Congress. The population there declined by 3.2 % points in the past decade.
Moreover, California, for the first time since it’s joined the Union, will lose one seat!
From these results and the latest figures, we can see that America faces the weakest population growth in history!
The U.S. population grew to 331.5 million citizens as of April 1, 2020. It is only a 7.4% population increase, which is remarkably lower compared to the past decades, except in the 1930s.
“We continue to see movement to the Sun Belt but not quite as dramatically as in the past because the Great Recession held it up a little bit in the beginning of the decade,” declared William Frey, a senior demographer at the Brookings Institution.
“People are leaving coastal, costly places, and I think California is a piece of that.” He added.
Precisely the slow growth concerned many states about losing seats in Congress. However, some states expected to lose seats but remained with whole delegations. Among those are Rhode Island, Alabama, and Minnesota.
According to the counts of Texans, Texas was supposed to gain three seats instead of two, and Florida two instead of one. However, neither one saw enough population grow to earn the seats.
The Census Bureau shared that New York lost its 27th seat by 89 residents. That state would have been the 436 seats allocated, but Minnesota won the 435th seat in the House.
According to the figures, Ohio, Texas, Florida and Arizona couldn’t keep or add new seats, and Oregon, Colorado, California, and Montana won seats 431 through 434.
Within this century, this decade had the slightest shift of population changes.
“States like California and New York spent hundreds of millions to get a complete count, and states like Texas spent pretty close to zero,” announced Michael Li, a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program.
The decade-long legal wrangling between Dems and Republicans finally culminated in a significant U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2019.
Rucho v. Common Cause, Chief Justice John Roberts ordered that federal courts don’t have the jurisdiction over allegations of partisan gerrymandering.
The information shared on Monday represents the first wave, the states will receive a block-by-block population counts again, and it should be done by the end of September this year.
“You can’t draw final maps with this data, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot that you can do,” Li explained. “There’s no reason why you can’t begin the process, and states really do have an incentive to begin the process.”