Nevada will stay at four home seats after the 2020 census
WASHINGTON – Nevada hasn’t won or lost a seat in Congress, but new population figures released Monday by the US Census Bureau showed a political shift from the rust belt to the sun belt.
The state populations used for the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives showed that Texas included two congressional districts and five other states, each with one seat.
Six states, including Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, have lost a seat, according to the Census Bureau.
California lost a seat of Congress for the first time in the history of its state, but will continue to have the most representatives in the House of Representatives with 52 legislators and remains the most populous state with 39.5 million people.
Overall, the 2020 census showed a population increase of 7.4 percent to 331.4 million people in the United States over the past ten years.
Acting director of the Census Bureau Ron Jarmin said at a virtual press conference that he was satisfied with the accuracy of the census that was done amid the coronavirus pandemic and natural disasters.
Jarmin also found that the 7.4 percent population growth was less than the 9.7 percent growth between 2000 and 2010.
Results were delayed by about a month due to legal challenges in 2020 when the Trump administration unsuccessfully attempted to include a question about citizenship status on forms.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the 2020 census results had been sent to President Joe Biden, who delivered the information to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif on Monday afternoon.
The numbers are used to break down the 435 house seats across all 50 states.
According to the data, seven seats shifted between 13 states, with population growth in the Midwest and Northeast far less than population growth in the South and West. Although Nevada’s population has grown, the growth has not been enough to secure an additional seat. Nevada has four houses.
According to Census Bureau demographer Kristin Koslap, Nevada has been one of the fastest growing states in the past 10 years. But population increases in other states kept Nevada off the list of states for a seat. (Based on the census numbers and the average population of a congressional district, Nevada would have needed about 357,000 more people to get one more seat.)
Still, Utah, Idaho, Texas, North Dakota, and Nevada saw the largest percentage population growth since 2010. Utah had the highest percentage growth at 18.4 percent. Nevada has had a population growth of 14.7 percent since 2010 and now has 3.1 million residents.
In addition to Texas, which will have two seats, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon are other states that have received one seat.
California and six other states, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, each lost one seat of Congress.
Although California’s population increased, more people moved out of the state than in, said Karen Battle, a demographer with the Census Bureau.
Census data is used by states to draw new policy lines for home seats as well as state lawmakers. However, the dates will come too late to draw new lines during the current legislation and a special session is expected to be held later this year to finalize the redistribution.
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