In recent weeks, a Center for Immigration Studies talked about the 2020 United States Census and made a prediction that the state of California, in particular, was in for a huge pick up of Congressional Seats once all the people residing within the nation were counted.
Given the documented exodus from the former Golden State, that number most assuredly was considered with suspicion. Now that the Department of Commerce, the government entity responsible for conducting the Census and directing the number of seats in the House of Representatives allotted to each state, has come out with a statement on the matter, it looks like California picking up anything may well be wishful thinking.
California is one of eight states expected to lose a congressional seat, according to Census figures released on Dec. 30….
California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia are expected to lose one seat, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the state population totals released on Monday.
The figures also suggest Texas will gain two congressional seats.
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon are each expected to gain one.
The Census showed the natural increase of population (births minus deaths) dropped below one million in decades due to fewer births and more deaths.
These figures, of course, should exclude non-citizens.
According to the Commerce Department, the south, in general, picked up more residents than other regions, and high tax states lost the most in the way of population.
Out of the four regions of the country, the South saw the largest growth. The growth was primarily driven by natural increase and net domestic migration. The Northeast region saw a population decrease, declining by about 63,000 people, which was mainly due to net domestic migration (minus 294,331).
New York lost the most population out of 10 states that lost population; California didn’t lose population, but saw a small increase. California saw the largest net domestic migration loss (minus 203,414), followed by New York (minus 180,649) and New Jersey (minus 48,946).
The official count is coming, and then we will know for sure.