Census: 308.7 million people live in the U.S. but population growth is at its lowest rate since the Great Depression

Dec 21, 2010

According to Census Bureau data released today, the population of the United States grew 9.7% to 308,745,538 over the past decade. This is the slowest rate since the Great Depression. But strong population growth continued in the South and West. California is the most populous state with 37.2 million residents. As a result of the new census count, Texas will gain 4 congressional seats; Florida will gain 2; Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and Nevada will each gain an additional congressional district. California won’t be gaining or losing any seats, but a shift to the Inland Empire and Central Valley is likely. What’s behind the slow population growth? Could this be a silver lining to the great recession? What will the political impact of the census be?

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