Census count gives Texas four new seats

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538.

Texas had the highest numerical gain, 4,293,741. Texas’ 2010 population was put at 25,145,561.

Texas will also gain the most Congressional seats as the result of the census, picking up four.

Florida picked up two, while New York and Ohio each lost two seats in the new census count.

A rizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington each gained one seat.

States losing one seat each were Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281,421,906.

The U.S. resident population represents the total number of people in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Most populous state was California ( 37,253,956), the least populous, Wyoming (563,626).

They retain the most populous and least populous rankings from the 2000 Census.

State that gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was Nevada (up 35.1% to 2,700,551).

Regionally, the South and the West picked up the bulk of the population increase, 14,318,924 and 8,747,621, respectively.

But the Northeast and the Midwest also grew, 1,722,862 and 2,534,225.

Puerto Rico’s resident population was 3,725,789, a 2.2 percent decrease over the number counted a decade earlier.

Apportionment totals were calculated by a congressionally defined formula to divide among the states the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Each member of the House represents, on average, about 710,767 people.

The Census count is required in the U. S. Constitution.

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