The U.S. Census Bureau released its 10-year count of state populations on Monday, which will lead to a reshuffling of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives due to population changes.
- Per Axios, three states that voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election will lose seats. Meanwhile, two states that voted for former President Donald Trump will lose a seat.
The following states will earn one new seat in the House:
- North Carolina
Texas will earn two seats.
However, these states will all lose one seat in the House because of the population shifts:
- New York
- West Virginia
CENSUS 2020: 331,449,281 living in USA, 6 states to gain and 7 states to lose US House seats. pic.twitter.com/R8n0xRE6Bw— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) April 26, 2021
The U.S. Census Bureau said back in February that the numbers would be delayed from its traditional release time in April, according to CNN. The coronavirus pandemic might have been to blame for the delay since it made it harder for people to fill out their data and for the bureau to collect information.
“These numbers will set off the redistricting process that happens every decade, an often highly contentious saga where both Democrats and Republicans look to create as many safe congressional seats for their parties as possible,” according to CNN.
One more note
According to Axios, Utah was shown to be the fastest-growing state in the country.