2010 Census results are now available. Of course, the names and other
personal information collected won't be available until 2082.
genealogists forget that the purpose of the census is not to record
people, but to record the NUMBER of people. A lot of other information
is collected as well, but the U.S. Constitution is clear that the
primary purpose is to collect information for the apportionment of
The Census Bureau fulfilled its Constitutional mandate
today by releasing the resident population for the nation and states, as
well as congressional apportionment totals for each state.
resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was
308,745,538. 300 million plus! That number is no surprise but it is
still impressive. The resident population represented an increase of 9.7
percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281,421,906.
most populous state was California (37,253,956); the least populous,
Wyoming (563,626). The state that gained the most numerically since the
2000 Census was Texas (up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561) and the state that
gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was 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. But the Northeast and the Midwest also grew: 1,722,862 and
Additionally, Puerto Rico's resident population was 3,725,789, a 2.2 percent decrease over the number counted a decade earlier.
emerged as the big winner in the congressional reapportionment. Texas
will gain four seats in the House of Representatives, based on official
population totals from the 2010 decennial census. New York and Ohio will
lose two seats each.
California, with the largest delegation in
the 435-member House of Representatives, will keep its 53 House seats
during the next decade with no changes. Ten states will lose
congressional delegations when the 113th Congress takes office in
These states registered gains in congressional representation: Texas, 4 seats Florida, 2 seats Arizona, 1 seat Georgia, 1 seat Nevada, 1 seat South Carolina, 1 seat Utah, 1 seat Washington, 1 seat These states suffered losses in House seats: