U.S. Census Results In, One Illinois Seat Out

This is why it was so important for Chicago residents to participate in the census.
The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.
And, as a result of the numbers, Illinois will lose one of its 19 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013.
Our state has been doing that since 1930, when we started with 27 congressional seats.
The Bureau reported Illinois’ April 2010 population to be 12,830.632. That’s a 3.3 percent increase from the 2000 census population, which is the lowest growth rate in the Midwest and way below the national average.
According to a congressionally defined formula, 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are to be divided among the states, with each House member representing, on average, about 710,767 people.
“The 2010 Census was a massive undertaking,” said Rebecca Blank, who oversaw the 2010 Census, “and in reporting these first results, we renew our commitment to our great American democracy peacefully, fairly and openly for the 23rd time in our nation’s history.”
Other 2010 U.S. Census findings:
*The overall population of the United States on April 1, 2010 was 308,745,538. That’s a 9.7 percent increase over the U.S. population in 2000.
*California was the most populous state with a population of 37,253,956.
*Wyoming was the least populous with 563,626.
*Texas gained the most numerically since 2000, from 4,293,741 to 25,145,561.
*Nevada gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count, up 35 percent to 2,700,551.
*Regionally, the population in the South increased the most: 14,318,024.
*The West also saw a big spike: 8,747,6231.
*The Midwest grew by 2,534,225.
*The Northeast also grew: 1,722,862.
*Illinois ranked 42nd in growth. That’s below all other Midwest states but Michigan, which was the only state, at -0.6 percent, to lost population.
*Illinois still ranks fifth in population, but Pennsylvania is catching up with 12,702,379.
From February through March, the Census Bureau will provide demographic data to each state, including breakdowns for gender, age, race and ethnicity, so state governments can start the redistricting process.
In our state, that will most likely begin a political fight over whether the lost representative will come from northern or Downstate Illinois.
For more information about the U.S. Census, visit census.gov.