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Census 2020 Issues First Results

The 2020 Census saw its first release of people counted, as it reported state totals as well as which states gained or lost seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The new total for the nation as a whole is 331,449,281, an increase of 7.4% or 22,703,743 since the 2010 Census.  Indiana saw a slightly lower rate of increase of 4.7% as it gained 301,726 people since 2010 for a total population of 6,785,223.  Even with this increase, Indiana slipped from the 15th largest state to the 17th in 2020.  Indiana saw no change in its total of 9 electoral districts.

Winners in this count included Texas, which gained 2 seats, followed by Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon which all increased by 1 seat.  The states of California, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York all lost one seat.

Reasons given for a slower growth rate than previously seen include a declining birth rate and a decline in the number of legal immigrants.  The birth rate in the United States has fallen by 17% since 1990 and 50% since 1960.

The top 10 states include (in order), California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, and Michigan.