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NC population grows, not enough for new House seat

Posted December 20, 2010
Updated December 21, 2010

— New census figures show North Carolina's population grew but not enough to add an additional seat in Congress, officials announced Tuesday. 

The closely watched 2010 census showed America's once-torrid population growth drop to 308.7 million, putting growth at around 9 percent — the lowest since Great Depression. 

North Carolina's population is about 9.5 million people, an 18.5 percent increase since 2000. 

The Census Bureau released Tuesday the first results from the once-a-decade government count, figures that will be used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states. The numbers trigger a high-stakes process wherein the dominant party in each state redraws the election map, shaping the political landscape for the next 10 years.

The U.S. is still growing quickly relative to other developed nations. The population in France and England each increased roughly 5 percent over the past decade, while in Japan the number is largely unchanged and in Germany the population is declining. China grew at about 6 percent; Canada's growth rate is roughly 10 percent.

"We have a youthful population that will create population momentum through a large number of births, relative to deaths, for years to come," said Mark Mather, an associate vice president at the Population Reference Bureau, a private firm in Washington that analyzes census data. "But demographers generally expect slower growth in the first decade of the 21st century."

The declining growth rate since 2000 is due partly to the economic meltdown in 2008, which brought U.S. births and illegal immigration to a near standstill compared with previous years. The 2010 count represents the number of people — citizens as well as legal and illegal immigrants — who called the U.S. their home on April 1 this year.

The projections do not account for overseas U.S. military personnel and their families, who are typically counted at military bases in the U.S. The Census Bureau obtains Pentagon records on overseas military and adds them to the resident count before allocating the House seats. In 2000, North Carolina beat out Utah for the last House seat because of its strong Army presence.

The release of state apportionment numbers is the first set of numbers from the 2010 census. Beginning in February, the Census Bureau will release population and race breakdowns down to the neighborhood level for states to redraw congressional boundaries.

The 2010 census results also are used to distribute more than $400 billion in annual federal aid and will change each state's Electoral College votes beginning in the 2012 presidential election.


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  • Juncyard Dec 22, 2010

    bgroberts27, "Juncyard, if you're going to tell someone they're incorrect you have to actually provide a rebuttal. You can't just say "nuh uhhh!"."

    It's like he said water isn't wet....I don't need to provide proof that water is wet do I? The United States has allowed other countries to do far more for far longer.....

    An unfunded war over proven false information sold to the American public....

    Have you not paid attention for the past 8 years? Worland gets on GOLO 3 times and day and lies the entire time he's here lol....

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 22, 2010

    If they deported all of the illegal immigrants, the population gains in the South and West would have been similar to the Midwest and Northeast.

  • 00100111 Dec 22, 2010

    Juncyard, if you're going to tell someone they're incorrect you have to actually provide a rebuttal. You can't just say "nuh uhhh!".

  • Juncyard Dec 22, 2010

    Worland, "We had to take down Saddam no matter the excuse for doing so."

    Incorrect again....

  • Worland Dec 22, 2010

    We had to take down Saddam no matter the excuse for doing so. He was in violation of dozens of UN resolutions. He had kicked UN inspectors out again. He was in possession of dozens of mobile chemical weapons factories (I have great pictures of some of them). He had the means to deliver chemical or nuclear weapons to anyone in the region. He was shooting at our pilots every day patrolling the no fly zone.

    Of course, Bill Clinton's 1998 law required regime change in Iraq. A lot of folks seem to have forgot that. Best of all, if we didn't take Saddam down, we'd be facing a nuclear Iraq and Iran right now. It just seems to make Obama angry we actually won the war. Of course, the socialist Obama stews over the fact GW doubled the number of democracies in the Middle East.

  • geosol Dec 21, 2010

    I guess that little right wing "don't fill out the census form, 'cause its a gubmint conspiracy" kind of backfired on them, didn't it? What a shame.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Dec 21, 2010

    awwww, Bev'ville will just have to continue taking the leftovers.

  • Bill Brasky Dec 21, 2010

    "Also, ever wonder why we needed to use other countries agents? Due to downsizing by Clinton we had NO CIA agents feet dry in Iraq at the time."

    Well its up to you prove that "military downsizing" is the reason we had only one agent in Iraq.

  • Bill Brasky Dec 21, 2010

    "Also, ever wonder why we needed to use other countries agents? Due to downsizing by Clinton we had NO CIA agents feet dry in Iraq at the time."

    The only agent that any of those countries had in Iraq was Rafid Ahmed Alwan AKA curveball. Found to be crazy, yet Bush still used his testimony and sold the Government and the US people the farse that Iraq had WMDs. Even the Downing Street Memos state this. When an American ambassador Joe Wilson, attempted to investigate and found the story to be false, George Bush outed his CIA wife...Valerie Wilson. Dirty stuff

  • dlk13ster Dec 21, 2010


    With respect, this site might offer you some more clarity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curveball_%28informant%29.

    In case you don't feel like reading all that info, here are the highlights:

    The informant that Bill mentioned was actually named Rafid Ahmed Alwan, an Iraqi citizen who defected from Iraq in 1999, claiming that he had worked as a chemical engineer at a plant that manufactured mobile biological weapon laboratories as part of an Iraqi weapons of mass destruction program; allegations that were subsequently shown to be false. Despite warning from the German BND and other intel sources that Alwan was unstable and unreliable, his testimony was used as the basis for part of Bush's 2003 State of the Union, and Colin Powell's infamous Anthrax testimony before the UN.