The U.S. Census Bureau has just released preliminary data from the 2010 census, and the numbers show that the nation’s population is shifting south and west. The nation’s population is now 308 million, up nearly 10 percent from 287 million in the 2000 census.
Census data is critical for apportionment — the distribution of Congressional seats, which are based on population. Indications are that Ohio will lose two seats, and Michigan one seat. (Michigan was the only state to lose population over the past 10 years.) Illinois also stands to lose a seat.