The Evil Genius Posted April 27, 2021 Share Posted April 27, 2021 (edited) https://www.brookings.edu/research/census-2020-data-release/ Quote The first results of the 2020 census are finally here, definitively showing that the 2010s saw the second-lowest population growth in the nation’s history. Among all 50 states, 37 grew more slowly in the 2010s than in the previous decade, and three states lost population—the largest number of such states since the 1980s. The constitutionally mandated reapportionment of members of Congress based on the 2020 census indicates a reallocation of seven seats across various states—most notably, the first-ever loss of a seat for California. The 2020 census results are released in several stages. This first release of total populations for states was scheduled to occur last December. However, collection and processing issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters delayed the release until now. The purpose of this first set of numbers, articulated in the U.S. Constitution, is to provide the basis for allocating members of the House of Representatives across states, taking into account population changes that have occurred since the prior census. At the same time, these numbers provide a definitive assessment of how populations across each state and the nation have shifted over the prior decade. Below are key findings from the new census data associated with national, regional, and state populations, as well as the reapportionment of seats in the House of Representatives. A lot of interesting info at the link. I'm still trying to figure out the math on the apportionments, in light of California losing a seat despite a 2 million increase in population (a 6% growth). Found this interesting as well... Quote Electoral College gains may no longer favor Republicans The new reapportionment pattern puts recent Sun Belt population gains in historical perspective. Over the 100-year period from 1920 to 2020, three Sun Belt states—California, Florida, and Texas—have gained the most congressional seats due to reapportionment, with additions of 41, 24, and 20 seats, respectively. However, in the most recent three decades, many new Sun Belt population gains have occurred in the interior parts of the West and South, as migrants and new immigrants began to disperse to other states in these regions. The cumulative shifts in seats over this period have not only given multiple seats to Texas and Florida but also to Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina. The political dimension of this shift should not go unnoticed, as reapportionment has increased the Electoral College clout of these particular states. As recently as 2000, each of these seat-gaining Sun Belt states voted fairly consistently for Republican candidates in presidential elections. However, the demographics of each have changed in ways that already or may soon shift each of them to the Democratic column. So, while the reapportionment additions to Sun Belt states have long been seen to favor Republican candidates in the Electoral College, this is not as likely to be the case for future presidential elections. NY lost a seat because they were 89 people shy. Wow. Edited April 27, 2021 by The Evil Genius Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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