The nation’s political rhythm has just changed in states such as Texas, Florida, and some Sun Belt states with added congressional seats.
In total, the U.S. population rose to 331,449,281, the Census Bureau said, a 7.4 percent increase, which is the slowest growth since the 1930’s.
The new totals of congressional seats came in the U.S. Census Bureau’s first release of data from a 2020 headcount that started in 2018. The charts found American migration patterns and for the first time California lost a congressional seat as a result of decreased migration to the nation’s most populous state.
The power shift is being driven by Hispanics. Over the last decade, Hispanics accounted for around half of the growth in Arizona, Florida and Texas, according to records and reports.
In the long term, it’s not clear the migration pattern is good for Republicans. Many of the fastest growing states are competitive political battlegrounds where the new arrivals who are young people of color could at some point give Democrats hope for later elections.
The state population figures known as the apportionment count determine not only political power but the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year.
More detailed figures will be released later this year showing populations by race, Hispanic origin, gender and housing at geographic levels as small as neighborhoods. This redistricting data will be used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts which will play a huge role in future political campaigns.