Census Bureau data release will reveal congressional district winners and losers

Nellie Chapman
April 27, 2021

Alaska's small population increase keeps the state with only one seat in the chamber.

The changes could be enough for Republicans, who control the statehouses in states like Texas and Florida, to create districts in those states that could threaten Democrats' razor-thin majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representative Richard Neal, for example, now chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Katherine Clark is the chamber's assistant speaker.

Republicans now hold eight of the state's 13 U.S. House seats.

Alabama is on the bubble as a state that may or may not lose a congressional seat.

Galvin credited immigrants with helping MA keep its congressional seats and said new district lines should reflect the state's diversity.

OREGON - Oregon is getting a new congressional seat for the first time in 40 years, going from five House members to six. The district they disintegrate might end up being a Republican district. Meanwhile, the First District in Western Massachusetts is estimated to have 736,589 as now drawn.

The U.S. population has topped 331 million people, with political power shifting from the Northeast and Midwest to the West and South, the Census Bureau reportedly found on Monday.

Census numbers show Utah had a population increase of 18.4 percent, the largest of any state between 2010 and 2020. Just three states - Illinois, Mississippi and West Virginia - have fewer people than 10 years ago.

The additional U.S. House seat, the 14th for North Carolina, marks the third time in the past four census cycles that the state will have increased the size of its congressional delegation.

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Census data is used by governments, nonprofit groups and others to inform critical services and set funding, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said.

MA officials largely expected the state to retain hold of its nine seats despite a tumultuous counting process.

The results have been held up for months due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the Trump administration's interference a year ago. The gain marks a rebound for Montana, which had two congressional seats for most of the 20th century but lost one after the 1990 census.

That may sound good to Democrats, said Joshua Blank, research director for the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, but it's no guarantee that the new arrivals will automatically align with their party.

Half of Texas' population gain comes from births, helping the state maintain a young median age, Potter said. The same was true of Wisconsin, which experienced 3.6% boost in their population in the last decade.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday that the state had 6,154,913 residents in 2020. It also didn't include a breakdown of populations by race, age, or other demographics.

Nationally, the USA population was more than 331 million previous year, an increase of 22.7 million people or about 7.4% over the past decade.

The population distribution data needed for redistricting won't be available until late summer or early fall.

Galvin and local officials have also openly fretted that the Supreme Court's decision previous year allowing the Trump administration to halt the census count early in October could lead to undercounting in already difficult-to-count communities such as Lawrence and Chelsea, which have high populations of renters and immigrants.

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