WASHINGTON DC – Population growth in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since the Great Depression of the 1930s, even as more people have continued to move south and west, increasing their representation in Congress to northeast and Midwest coast, U.S. Census Bureau data have shown.
According to the first data groupings published by the agency, the US population grew to 331,449,281 last year, 7.4% more than the last decade, but the second slowest rate since it began. the count.
And even a recovering economy may not reverse the trend, warned William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC
The new ten-year census data will be used to redistribute Congress seats according to state population figures, also known as the distribution count.
Ultimately, the count determines how $ 1.5 trillion is allocated in federal spending each year.
Based on the latest figures, Republican giants Sunbelt of Texas and Florida have added enough residents to get seats in Congress: Texas has added two, while Florida has won a seat in Congress.
Meanwhile, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana and Oregon also won a seat each.
With the weaning of the south, major manufacturing industries, such as automobiles, in Rust Belt, North Carolina and Texas will become the intellectual engines of the new economy, according to William Fulton, director of the Research Institute Urban Kinder of Houston Rice. University.
In contrast, the point engines of growth, New York and California, have recorded reduced population growth, which is expected to affect their political influence.
The slowdown in migration to California, the nation’s most populous state, has cost him a seat in Congress, the first in its 170-year history. Rising house prices have also caused many Californians to move to other Western states.
“Californians take their votes and move to other places,” Frey noted, the Associated Press was quoted as saying.
The relocations have helped turn Colorado and Nevada into democratic states and make Arizona competitive.
Still, it’s unclear whether this migration to GOP-led states would benefit Republicans in the long run, with experts opining it could lead to a Democratic advantage.
“What’s happening is the growth of Sunbelt states that are democratically lean or will soon tend to be democratic,” Frey said.
“Texas has not yet turned blue as a state, but blue population centers are growing very fast,” Fulton said.