Utah does not win a seat in Congress despite astronomical population growth

Clay Curtis
April 27, 2021

Until today. As had been completely expected, U.S. Census Bureau announced the resident population of the country (308.7 million) and the state wide breakdown, and the numbers deem that California will lose one seat in the House of Representatives, according to the Chronicle.

The Beehive State's population count from the 2020 Census is now 3,275,252.

The Census Bureau said North Carolina's resident population was 10,439,388 as of April 1, 2020, up 9.5% from the 9,535,483 people counted as living in the state a decade earlier.

Overall, the US population grew 7.4% between 2010 and 2020, the second slowest rate in history, just behind the 7.3% rate from 1930 to 1940.

Last year's tally was the country's 24th census - a once-a-decade tradition required by the Constitution since 1790 - and it is the ninth count for which the US government has attempted to include every person living in the country in the numbers used for reapportioning seats in Congress. From 2000 to 2010, the increase was 4.2 percent in ME, compared to 9.7 percent nationally.

"In order to avoid illegal map-rigging, the redistricting process in 2021 must be transparent, nonpartisan and include robust public input - and be completely free from gerrymandering", Common Cause North Carolina Executive Director Bob Phillips said in a news release after Monday's announcement.

"I don't think it would be hard to create a gerrymander that would make that district a lot safer for Republicans", said Michael Li, senior counsel of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. said.

NY congressional delegation will drop to 26 next year after the once-a-decade reapportionment process is completed.

Census sweepstakes: Texas to gain 2 House seats while New York and California among the losers

Utah lawmakers defanged the commission in 2020, demoting it to an advisory role.

The bureau and state officials note that demographic and municipal-level data won't be available until the summer.

"It looks like the universities and the census accurately counted those", said state Representative Michael J. Moran, a Brighton Democrat who helped redraw the state's political lines after 2010 and is again helping lead the Legislature's efforts this year. "It's a tremendous opportunity and responsibility", she said.

That could mean the 1st and 9th districts - which cover Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod, respectively - may expand geographically because their populations have not kept pace with other parts of the state. Texas gained the most, adding two.

Texas will now have 38 congressional representatives- gaining more seats than any state- and 40 votes in the Electoral College. California lost a seat for the first time.

The loss of seats was part of a historic trend. Along with California and West Virginia as outliers, a cluster of states across the Northeast and Midwest each lost one.

Even still, the 7,029,917 people counted as MA residents exceeded estimates for the state by more than 100,000 people, and the state's rate of growth far exceeded the 3.1 percent it grew in the decade before 2010, when MA lost a congressional seat.

Texas' torrid growth over the past decade is paying off with a major boost in political clout - two additional congressional seats and electoral votes deepening its already massive influence in the nation's politics. Its number of House members goes from 53 to 52 for a state that has been a symbol of limitless growth and endless possibilities since the Gold Rush of the 1800s. "How we grow matters and we must manage this rapid growth strategically", he said.

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