Census Bureau Releases 2020 Population Data

New representational calculus could shape the future of politics.

The Census Bureau released the first set of data from the 2020 census on Thursday. The data will shape the outlook of American politics for the next ten years, as the population data will determine representation within Congress, and internally within states to draw congressional districts. A more detailed state and city-specific analysis will be released next month. 

A total of seven states will lose a seat in Congress: Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and California. Florida, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon all will gain one seat. Texas is the only state to gain two seats this decade. California remained the largest state of the nation, with Texas holding steady in second. Florida overtook New York for third place, and Pennsylvania edged Illinois for fifth. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for legislators as new districts are created to accurately represent the American people. 
  • For discernment for members of Congress as representation shifts. 
  • For officials of the Census Bureau as they calculate the new population data. 

Sources: Chicago Tribune, AP, NPR


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