“The South grew 10.2%, more than twice the rate of the Northeast or the Midwest. U.S. growth fell from 9.7% in the previous decade.”
The 2020 Census data confirm what we have known for a long time: A lot of people fled and continue to flee oppressive blue states like California, Illinois, and New York to freedom-loving states like Texas and Florida.
It is the first time California lost a seat since it became a state in 1850.
The upshot: pic.twitter.com/rDZKugG3Ew
— Philip Bump (@pbump) April 26, 2021
States that lost a seat:
- New York
- West Virginia
States that gained a seat:
- North Carolina
- Texas (two seats)
California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania voted for President Joe Biden.
Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Texas voted for former President Donald Trump.
*insert thinking emoji*
Democrats have the House majority, 218-212. The number does not include the five vacancies.
The shift in the Census could slim the Democratic majority even more or help the Republicans take over. However, the full data for redistricting will not come out until the end of September.
Brookings Institution demographer William Frey said, “politically, many of these Electoral College-seat gaining states may be trending ‘bluer’ politically because of the movement into them from Democratic-leaning states.”
Key word: bluer. Frey did not say the moves will turn Texas or Montana blue, but it should not surprise anyone if the states have more Democratic votes in presidential elections.
California has the most seats in the House with 52. Texas has 38, Florida has 28, and New York is fourth with 26.
New York lost its House seat by only 89 people.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 26, 2021
Unfortunately, the Census data also shows the population growth remains low:
The U.S. population grew 7.4% in the last decade, according to the Census Bureau. The population reached 331,449,281 last April 1.
The electoral shifts reflect the decade’s broad population shifts: slow growth in the Northeast and Midwest and gains in the South and Mountain West. The South grew 10.2%, more than twice the rate of the Northeast or the Midwest. U.S. growth fell from 9.7% in the previous decade and was the slowest since a gain of 7.3% in the 1930s, during the Great Depression.
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