U.S. Census Bureau releases initial 2020 Census data, realigning Congressional apportionment
New population results lead to 6 states gaining seats, while 7 states lose representatives
With great anticipation, the U.S. Census Bureau released resident population data from the 2020 Census. This new data will lead to realigned Congressional apportionment beginning in the 2022 elections.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the resident population of the United States was 331,449,281, as of April 1, 2020. With an increase of 22,703,743 residents, the American population grew by 7.4% since 2010.
Perhaps the most significant outcome from the Census population data is for the apportioning of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. With 435 available seats in the Congressional body, the Census data is applied to determine the apportionment distribution of the 50 states. On average, each seat represents 761,169 residents based on the 2020 Census.
After the data was tallied, the following are the changes in the Congressional apportionment:
From the U.S. Census Bureau, the following are additional highlights from the newly-released data:
- The most populous state was California (39,538,223); the least populous was Wyoming (576,851).
- The state that gained the most numerically since the 2010 Census was Texas (up 3,999,944 to 29,145,505).
- The fastest-growing state since the 2010 Census was Utah (up 18.4% to 3,271,616).
- Puerto Rico’s resident population was 3,285,874, down 11.8% from 3,725,789 in the 2010 Census.
Going forward, the new data will be used to develop new legislative boundaries, also known as redistricting. States are expected to receive data and redistricting toolkits by September 30, 2021.
For more information on the latest data, visit the census.gov website.