Arkansas population increase not enough for additional congressional seat
We all remember having that stranger come to our door and asking all sorts of questions about who lived there, their race and a few other little tidbits of demographic information.
Well Tuesday we got the first glimpse of the fruits of those questions with the first release of information from the 2010 U.S. Census.
According to information released on http://2010.census.gov, the state of Arkansas has 2,915,918 people living here. That’s a 9.1-percent increase since 2000, when there were 2,673,400 people living in the Natural State. That places Arkansas as having the 22nd highest percent change in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The increase in population won’t change how many congressional seats Arkansas is apportioned, however. According to this map that shows which states lost or gained congressional seats, Arkansas remains the same. Our neighbors to the north and south are quite different, however. Both Missouri and Louisiana lost one congressional seat. Other states touching Arkansas also remained the same.
Matt DeCample, spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday that it’s good news that there will be no change in the number of congressional seats, but the census results will have an effect on Arkansas’ legislative districts.
It will create more work in the state,” he said. “We will be redrawing the lines (for legislative districts) over the next year.”
A few notes from the 2010 U.S. Census press release:
The most populous state: California (37,253,956);
The least populous state: Wyoming (563,626);
The state that gained the most numerically since the 2000 Census: Texas (up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561); and
The state that gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count: Nevada (up 35.1% to 2,700,551).
Regionally, the South and the West picked up the bulk of the population increase, 14,318,924 and 8,747,621, respectively.
The Northeast and the Midwest also grew: 1,722,862 and 2,534,225.
Puerto Rico’s resident population was 3,725,789, a 2.2 percent decrease over the number counted a decade earlier.
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