Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Iowa Officially Loses Seat in House


That's America's official April 1, 2010 Census population. As expected Iowa officially drops from five U.S. House seats to four. WashPo sums up well:
Texas, as expected, gained the most seats, moving from 32 to 36 seats thanks to big gains in population -- primarily in the Hispanic community.

Florida was the only other state to gain multiple seats, adding two and bringing it to 27 seats.

Six other states gained a single seat: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

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

Five of the eight states that are gaining seats were won by McCain in the 2008 presidential race. Eight of the 10 that are losing seats went to Obama.

Minnesota just made the cut for the last seat (No. 435), and will keep all eight of its districts, while North Carolina fell about 15,000 people short of gaining a 14th seat.
Iowa's official census population is 3,053,787. That means congressional districts of 763,447, state Senate seats averaging 61,076, and Iowa House seats of 30,538.

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