Mississippi protected its political strength in the U.S. House of Representatives with a 2010 U.S. Census count that neither gives noir takes a congressional seat, The Associated Press says.
Nationally, Republican-leaning states will gain a half dozen House seats thanks to the new census, which found the nation’s population shifting to the South and West. The official count: 308,745,538 people. That’s up only 9.7 percent from a decade ago, the lowest growth rate since the Great Depression, AP reported.
Mississippi’s population only increased by 122,639 over the last decade.
Some states, including Texas, Georgia and South Carolina has population growth that resulted in congressional gains. Others, including Louisiana, lost a seat.
With House seats fixed at 435, one state has to lose for another state to gain in representation. After the 2000 Census, Mississippi lost one of its five U.S. House seats because population growth was slower than many other states during the 1990s.
The South had the fastest growth since 2000, at 14.3 percent. The West was close behind at 13.8 percent.
The Northeast had 3.2 percent growth while the Midwest had 3.9 percent.
The state with the largest population growth was Nevada with 35.1 percent. Michigan was the only state with a decline, at 0.6 percent.
State Sen. Terry Burton, representative of Mississippi Senate District 31 and chair of the Senate’s congressional redistricting and legislative reapportionment committees, said the state expects to get population reapportionment numbers from the Census Bureau the first week of February. That data will serve as the basis for redrawing the state’s U.S. House and legislative districts, he said.
The February data also will provide population and demographic trends from areas as small as the neighborhood, or tract, to region and state levels. In between, will be population and demographic data on your voting district, your child’s school district and your city and county.
The demographic data will include numbers of the racial make up of a specific area, its Hispanic population, its voting age population the number of housing units and the occupancy levels of the housing units.
Burton, a Republican, said the population counts and the House seat additions in Republican states give the GOP plenty cheer about. “It appears the Red states are gaining,” at the expense of Democratic-held Blue states.
It’s too early to say what it means for the race for the White House in 2012, other than GOP-leaning states will have more Electoral College votes, he said.
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