Census: NY, NJ To Lose Seats In Congress

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880 / CBS 2) — The Census Bureau says the U.S. population is 308.7 million, reflecting the lowest growth since the Great Depression.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney with Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey

Census Bureau Director Robert Groves says the figure represents an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281.4 million.

California is the most populous state with 37.2 million residents. Wyoming is the least populous with 563,626 residents.

Census data for 2010 shows New Jersey will lose one of its 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The data shows New Jersey is one of eight states to lose a seat in Congress, along with Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

The data shows New Jersey’s population at 8.8 million, making it the 11th most populated state. In 2000, the population was 8.4 million and New Jersey ranked 9th in overall population.
New Jersey also lost a seat after the 1980 and 1990 counts. Its congressional districts remained unchanged in 2000.

New York is set to lose two seats in Congress. New York’s current 29-member Congressional delegation will drop to 27. That’s the lowest number since 1823.

Republicans and Democrats will meet to determine how the new congressional districts will be drawn.

Since the 2000 census, Texas gained the most people, up 4.3 million residents to 25.1 million. Nevada has gained the most residents as a percentage of its 2000 census count, growing 35.1 percent to 2,700,551.

The South and the West showed the strongest growth, although the Northeast and the Midwest also grew.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman says he doesn’t expect the results of the new census to have a “huge practical impact” on national politics.
Despite migration to Republican-leaning states in the South and West, Robert Gibbs said he didn’t see any reason why both parties would not remain competitive in those regions.
The once-a-decade government count will be used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states. Texas, a strong GOP state, is expected to pick up House seats.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • BNY

    Good. Give the seats to levelheaded states that actually know what to do with their votes.

  • Scmellma Arss

    Less politicians? Fewer leeches on the payroll? Whatever shall we do?! Oy Ve!?!?!?

    • VC

      The number of politicians doesn’t go down, it is distributed differently. NJ lost politicians to represent NJ, other states pick up those “lost” seats (politicians).

      This is a bad thing for NJ because now we have less politicians fighting fo rthe interest of NJ in government, more fighting for the interest of other states…

  • Hornet Montana

    The 2001 trend will occur again – specifically, after those attacks, when pregnancies reportedly ballooned in a subconscious attempt to preserve the species when facing a perceived threat. So maybe another spike after another attack will even out this story. Extreme mirror images.

  • Gregg

    In New York and New Jersey there is probably over one million illegal immigrants ! Are these numbers counted ??

    • jim

      The census is conducted to count citizens. Why would they be counted?

      • VC

        Jim, you are wrong, very wrong!
        Census does NOT count citizens. Census counts everyone (number of people) living in the state, regardless of citizenship.

    • VC

      Yes, as long as they replied to the census. The problem is getting them to respond because they are fearful of being caught

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