The 2010 Census: Liberals Seeing More Red

by Ryan on December 21, 2010

in Culture,Election 2010,Election 2012,History,New Jersey,Politics

The 2010 Census is in:  America has 308,745,538 people, maintaining us as the third largest nation on Earth, but still way behind both India and China!  That’s a 9.7% increase since 2000, indicating that our population growth is slowing, which isn’t an unusual trend in the developed world.

Politically, however, there are major consequences — the growth was primarily in the South and West.  In other words, “Red America”.  Reapportionment of congressional seats will hurt the deep-blue liberal Northeast: while Texas sees the biggest gains (4 more representatives), New York and Ohio lose 2 each.  Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania lose 1 each.  

Also, with so many Republicans being elected at the state-level in 2010, the new districts themselves (both gained and melded) will likely have much more of a GOP-friendly flavor over the next decade.

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