New Census Figures Put U.S. Population at 308,745,538

NPR reports how it will affect the electoral college, noting those that will gain House seats (south and west; mostly red) and the losers (north and mid-west; LA the exception; mostly blue). The Times reports on the importance of minorities.

During the 10 years since the 2000 census the U.S. increased in population by 9.7% Individual state population changes can be viewed on the Census Bureau's 2010 website.

"Eight states will gain members in the House. They are: Arizona, Florida (2 seats), Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas (4 seats), Utah and Washington.

- Ten states will lose members in the House. They are: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania."

From NYT: Census Data Show 308 Million People and a Regional Shift: "But population gains in the south and west were driven overwhelmingly by minorities, particularly Hispanics, and the new districts, according to the rules of redistricting, will need to be drawn in places where they live, opening potential advantages for Democrats, who tend to be more popular among minorities."

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Full Story: U.S. Population: Nearly 309 Million, Census Says

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