State's 11.5 percent population growth yields no additional Congressional seat

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 12:50pm

Tennessee added 656,822 to its population in the last decade — an 11.5 percent increase — greater than the U.S. rate but not enough to gain seats in Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.

The state’s population stood at 6,346,105, up from 5,689,283 in 2000. The U.S. population was 308,745,538, a 9.7 percent increase from 281,421,906 in 2000.

“A big thanks to the American public for its overwhelming response to the 2010 Census,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in unveiling the official counts in Washington. “The result was a successful count that came in on time and well under budget, with a final 2010 Census savings of $1.87 billion.”

The most populous state was California (37,253,956). Wyoming was the least populous (563,626). The state that gained the most people since 2000 was Texas (up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561), and the state that gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was Nevada (up 35.1 percent to 2,700,551).

The South and the West grew the most, with the South gaining 14.3 million people and the West picking up 8.7 million. The Northeast and the Midwest also grew by 1.7 million and 2.5 million, respectively.

Tennessee keeps its nine congressional seats under the new Census figures. With four additional seats, Texas gained the most. Florida picked up two seats. Six others states — Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington — added one seat each.

New York and Ohio each lost two seats. Eight other states lost a single seat: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 12/21/10 at 1:36

I have not found the new magic number for congressional representation. What is the number for the population of congressional district going to be?

By: JeffF on 12/21/10 at 1:48

just found it. The average population of a congressional district will be 710,767, compared with 646,942 in 2000.

This puts Tennessee at a 8.9285 ratio for districts. The previous census ratio in 2000 had Tennessee at 8.7941.

Tennessee is a long way from gaining that 10th seat. We were about just over 406,100 short of picking it up this time around. Tennessee needed a growth rate of 18.68% to reach the tenth representative.

By: bfra on 12/22/10 at 3:36

No doubt TN would have had that growth rate, had all the illegals been counted.

By: richgoose on 12/22/10 at 4:47

I do not think the population that is growing in Tennessee represents the ideals and standards that I would like.

By: govskeptic on 12/22/10 at 6:48

Noted growth rate of largest increases of growth of States
bordering or near Mexican border. Their representations
go up, even lowly Nevada and Utah.

By: JeffF on 12/22/10 at 9:53

Luckily the states get to count the illegals for reapportionment and funding purposes. Since the illegals do not get to vote their presence gives more representative power to the locals who desire so much to defend themselves from the invaders. Texas' and Arizona's increasing power in the house will go a long way toward the defense of America's borders. The do-gooder states in the North east are continuing their slide toward political oblivion.

By: joe41 on 12/27/10 at 1:22

I think the comment "I do not think the population that is growing in Tennessee represents the ideals and standards that I would like' is what is wrong with America. Rather than to learn how to get along with people, some folks are building a wall around themselves. We have known this was coming for at least 20 years. My company planned for it and we are much better off for it. Too bad for you other guys.

Joe