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Policy Analysis | December 22, 2010
Census Results and State Implications
Since 1790, the United States, as required by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, has conducted a census every 10 years, tabulating the nation's population for the purpose of allocating congressional districts among the states. The census also is important due to its effects on the allocation of federal funds to state and local governments. Further, the data from the census still is used to allocate congressional seats among the 50 states and is used by the states to redraw the boundaries of political districts such as state legislative lines, city council lines and the like. The resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538, an increase of 9.7 percent over the 281,421,906 counted during the 2000 Census. The following table provides details on the congressional seat changes in the Southern region, and the 2010 Census site provides further manipulable data.
CONGRESSIONAL SEAT CHANGES IN THE SOUTHERN STATES
|State or Region||Representatives||Average Number of Constituents per Representative||Seats Lost or Gained|
Source: U.S. Census