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Insight: 2020 Census Apportionment Data Released

By Mallory Bateman

Today the first statistical release from the 2020 census was made public. This release includes the apportionment population and resident population counts for the nation and each state. 331,449,281 people lived in the United States on April 1, 2020 (resident population).

The state apportionment populations include both the resident population and the “overseas military and federal civilian employees and their dependents living with them who could be allocated to a home state.” The apportionment population determines the number of congressional seats each state receives.

Despite being the fastest-growing state throughout the decade (18.4%), Utah’s congressional delegation remains at four representatives because of the specifics of the seat allocation formula. The apportionment total for the state is 3,275,252, comprising 3,271,616 residents and 3,636 Utahns in military or federal civilian positions overseas. Fellow western states Wyoming and California had the lowest and highest apportionment populations, respectively.

Nationally, six states gained seven seats. A few Mountain West neighbors, Colorado, and Montana, each gained one seat. Texas (2), Oregon (1), Florida (1), and North Carolina (1) also gained seats. Seven states, including California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, lost one seat. With a few exceptions, these track with