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Census: Michigan gains population, loses representation in Congress


The Census Bureau’s apportionment reporthas been sent to the President.

Michigan will lose one seat in Congress. That brings it to 13 Representatives in the House, the lowest number since the 1920s. Michigan has been losing seats in Congress since the 1980 Census.

The official resident population for the nation is 331,449,281. That’s up by nearly 23 million (up 7.4%) from the last Census held in 2010.

States in the South and the West grew the most, gaining seats in Concgress, continuing a trend.

The Southern states have seen the fastest growth exceeding ten percent over the last decade. The West gained than nine percent. The Northeast gained four percent. The Midwest gained on average three percent.

Michigan’s population actually increased by two percent from 9,883,640 in 2010 to 10,077,331.

That reverses a trend of losing population, but growth still lags most other states.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
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