Today is an important day for Americans accross the country, The U.S. Census Bureau released the total U.S. resident population to be at 308,745,538. This represents a growth of 9.7% from the 2000 Census but relatively reported the slowest population growth since 1940.
The fastest growing states by percentage
Growth from 2000
States that added most residents
Growth from 2000
North Carolina 1,261,385
Regionally speaking the South and West picked up the most of the increase but the Northeast and Midwest also grew at 1,722,862 and 2,534,225 respectively. Latinos play a significant role in some of the most populous states such California, Arizona and Texas. While Latinos have long been a presence in these states, Latinos are increasingly moving accross the country for work to states in the midwest and the Latino presence is reflected in the population growth.
In addition to the population growth accross the country, the Census Bureau also released the Congressional Apportionment Counts. The apportionment totals are calculated by dividing among the states the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The apportionment population consists of resident population of the 50 states + the overseas military and civilian employees and dependents. The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are excluded from the apportionment population, as they do not have voting seats in Congress.
-Shift of 12 seats affecting 18 different states
-Gaining seats: AZ, FL, GA, NV, SC, TX, UT, WA
-Losing seats: IL, IA, LA, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA
-7 states will have only 1 representative
-Average size of congressional district = ~700,000 (in 1790, that number was 34,000)
The growth of the Latino population among the states plays an important part in the gaining or maintaining of congressional house seats. While the Latino population for each state is not due for release until January of 2011, today’s numbers reflect that the impact of the Latino population will be significant and that ‘The Future is Now’. The numbers represent that Latinos are part of this country and take pride in participating in the Census. States that reported significant growth in population also happened to be states with the highest Latino population density. This alone gives Latinos the opportunities to elect candidates of their choice in future elections to come.
The next phase of data release will take place in February and run through March, the Census Bureau will release demographic data information to the states so that state governments can begin the redistricting process.