Congressional representation is set to change thanks to population changes noted by the U.S. Census. Due to changing population in various areas, 12 seats in the House of Representatives are changing states. Most new seats are located in Republican strongholds.
House changes 12 seats thanks to Census
The data from the U.S. Census dictated that some changes were due to the number of seats in the House of Representatives allotted to some areas, according to the Washington Post. As states have a number of seats in the House of Representatives, changes in population can mean seats gained or lost. In all, 12 seats are changing, affecting 18 states. Texas gained the most, picking up an additional four House seats. Florida gained an additional two seats in the House. Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, Nevada, Utah, and Washington state all gained one additional seat in the lower house. Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania lost a single set. New York and Ohio both lost two seats.
Population growth slowed during last census
The 2010 Census revealed that population growth in the United States was slower than in previous decades, according to AOL News. The census showed that the U.S. population grew by only 9.7 percent since 2000, to 308,745,538 people. The growth rate was the lowest since the Great Depression. Nevada’s population rose the most, growing by 35.1 percent, while Michigan was the only state to lose people, having shrunk by 0.6 percent. Southern states grew in population by 14.3 percent, while the Northeast grew by only 3.2 percent.
Gains bear grim tidings for Democrats
The gains in House seats will likely be realized most by Republicans. The areas in which House seats were gained were largely Republican strongholds, especially Texas. Texas experienced a population boom of its own, having increased in population by 20 percent since the last census. Most seats that were lost were in historically Democrat held areas.