On Monday, Texas, Florida and other 4 states gained congressional seats while 7 other states, including New York and Ohio, lost them.
According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. population rose to 331,449,281, resulting in a 7.4 increase. It is the second-slowest population increase ever in the history of the U.S.
The new allocation of congressional seats was influenced by the first release of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 data. For the first time in the 170 years of its statehood, California is losing a congressional seat.
The data gained from the Census also allows for the restructuring of the congressional map to begin. As a state gains populous, more seats are afforded to them.
During this once-in-a-decade restructuring, more traditionally blue states like Pennsylvania and Illinois lost congressional seats. More traditionally red states like Texas, Florida and North Carolina were given more seats.
More detailed numbers will be released this year showing populations by race, Hispanic origin, gender and housing in geographic levels as small as neighborhoods. This data will also influence how congressional and legislative districts are redrawn.
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