US Census Bureau releases 2020 data, announces changes to congressional seats
The United States Census Bureau released data from the 2020 Census on Monday, revealing the country’s population and changes to congressional seats.
With a population of more than 331 million people, this is the country’s second slowest population growth rate in history, CNN reported.
The states gaining one seat in Congress are Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon, while Texas gains two seats. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will all lose congressional seats.
Updated Animation: The Census Bureau released the first #2020Census results yesterday, which included the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Here are the results ? https://t.co/Y0bWiL37HZ#Apportionment #CensusBureau pic.twitter.com/qfFYekgCVC
— U.S. Census Bureau (@uscensusbureau) April 27, 2021
The shift comes ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Some figures were extremely close. In the case of New York, the state lost a congressional district by just 89 people.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and initiatives by former President Donald Trump to interfere, officials feel confident in the quality of the data.
You can see data for each state’s congressional districts here.