- The census in the United States has modified the political geography of the country and therefore the distribution of House seats
- States like Texas gain new seats, while states like California lose some
- According to the Census Bureau, 331,449,281 inhabitants live in the United States
The census in USA has modified the political geography of the country and therefore the distribution of House seats. This is why states like Texas gain new seats, while states like California lose some.
According to the Census Bureau, the United States has 331,449,281 inhabitants. This means that in the last 10 years there has been a population growth of 7.4%, which represents the second slowest growth periods in history.
Census changes seats in Congress: Texas adds, California subtracts
After the results of the Census, many wonder, How does this affect? In general, knowing population distribution data usually gives the authorities reliable information to respond and make decisions according to the needs of the population; but it also has a direct impact on the American politics.
Now, after the first release of data from the 2020 count, the distribution of seats in Congress will be modified. “The Census Bureau just released the first results of the # 2020Census, which included the number of seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives,” they announced in their twitter account.
How will the seats be distributed in the country?
According to authorities, six US states won seats in the House of Representatives. For example, Texas is the second most populous state in the country and got two more seats in the US Congress, while Florida got one more.
This could be good news for the Republican caucus, which is popular in these two states, and for former President Donald Trump, who has expressed interest in running again for the US presidency. These ‘victories’ make up for the losses they suffered in other locations such as New York and Ohio, according to EFE.
Who lost representation in Congress?
The Census Bureau also reported that the data reflects a change in migration patterns in the United States. This is why, for the first time in 170 years, California loses seats in Congress.
California remains the most populous state in the US, but as a result of a decrease in migration, the state loses a seat in the House of Representatives. Other states that also lost representation were Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Other affected states
Among the affected states are also Colorado, Montana and Oregon, only that for them it was positive since thanks to the population growth in their jurisdiction they added a seat for their states. North Carolina also got one more job.
This information offered by the Census Bureau is just a preamble to all the data that will be published progressively in the coming months. The data collected by the office will also serve to define political maps in state legislative bodies or independent commissions according to demographic changes.
2020 Census in the United States
The census in the United States is conducted every 10 years and is authorized by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. Once the data collection process is completed, it allows the demographic data of the country to be renewed.
Although the most important thing is the impact it has on the redistribution of representation not only in the House of Representatives, but also in local offices throughout the national territory. Census changes seats in Congress: Texas adds, California subtracts.
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