Missouri, 8 other states lose House seats in Census

McClatchy NewspapersDecember 21, 2010 

WASHINGTON — Missouri will lose one of its nine voices in Congress beginning in 2013, according to the results of the 2010 Census released Tuesday.

Which of the state's congressional seats, and how the new district map will look, will be decided next year by Missouri lawmakers and the governor. If they can’t agree, the courts will likely step in.

Texas gained four seats, the most of any state. Other winners were Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

The losers, besides Missouri, were Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Overall, the change reflected a net shift of 79 congressional seats to the south and west, a trend that began in the 1940s.

Nationally, the population grew to nearly 309 million people, a nearly 10 percent increase since the 2000 census. Nevada's population grew the most — by 35 percent. Michigan grew the least, just .6 percent.

"Our staff visited very street in this country and mailed or delivered 132 million forms, hired 600,000 staff members to knock on about 50 million doors to collect data in person," census director Robert Groves said Tuesday.

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