Tuesday, December 21, 2010

According to the 2010 census, Ten states will lose members in the House.

U.S. Population: Nearly 309 Million, Census Says
Published: December 21, 2010
by Mark Memmott
The nation's 23rd census has concluded that the U.S. population stood at 308,745,538 on April 1 of this year, up 9.7% from 281,421,906 in the year 2000, the Census Bureau just announced.
It has a lot of information (and a webcast of the news conference that's now underway) up on its website. It's also tweeting (follow #2010Census) and is putting updates on its Facebook page.
Census also has a video about the all-important issue of apportionment -- the process of dividing up the seats in the House of Representatives based on the latest census numbers.
And Census created this interactive map:
Update at 11:30 a.m. ET. On apportionment in the House, Census says that based on the new population estimate:
-- Eight states will gain members in the House. They are: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.
-- Ten states will lose members in the House. They are: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. [Copyright 2010 National Public Radio]