Thursday, December 23, 2010

Blade... Ohio, Michigan to lose three congressional seats

From the Toledo Blade…
Census costs Ohio, Michigan three congressional districts

Ohio will lose two Congressional districts and Michigan will lose one as a result of the completed 2010 population count, officials of the U.S. 2010 Census announced Tuesday.
Michigan was the only state to lose population between 2000 and 2010, but Ohio was also one of the five states that showed the least growth.
In all, Michigan will have 14 House seats in 2012, down from 15 now.
Ohio will have 16 House seats, down from 18 now.
Redistricting of the states for a proportionally balanced Congress is one of the main reasons that the decennial census was established. The details of how specific congressional districts will be the affected won't be worked out until detailed county-by-county and census-tract by census-tract results are released in February.
As expected, the Census showed population moving from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and West, and 12 of the 435 congressional seats joining that population shift. The states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington will gain congressional seats. Along with Michigan and Ohio, the states of Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will lose seats.
Another 32 states will be unchanged.
Michigan's new population stands at 9,883,640, a decline of 0.6 percent from 9,938,444 in 2000.
Ohio's new population is 11,536,504, a growth of 1.6 percent from the 2000 population of 11,353,140.

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