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Census shuffles Congress

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 4:04pm

The 2010 census numbers are out and America's political map is about to change.

The census shows a shift from the North and East where states saw losses or minimal gains, to the South and West where populations are booming.

Michigan was the only state to lose residents.

Louisiana showed the slowest growth in the South, perhaps a result of Hurricane Katrina.

The biggest impact may not be in population, but in politics.

Results are used to reapportion the 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

Nine states will lose seats.

New York and Ohio drop two each.

Eight other states pick up representatives.

Texas will gain four.

Democratic leaning states were the ones who saw losses, Republican states the biggest gains.

Officials say it is a new and accurate picture of America.

The population grew 9.7 percent from 2000 to 2010.

That's the second slowest rate of growth in the past 100 years.

We'll learn much more about the age and racial makeup and more local breakdowns as the numbers are crunched.

Expect those results in February and March.

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