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February 4, 2011

US Census Data On Population Change

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The official website includes an interactive graphic (accessible by clicking the thumbnail image to the right) showing how population levels, population density and the resulting apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives have changed over the past 100 years. Redistricting data, including state, county and local counts, will be released starting in February 2011.Data provided by U.S. Census Bureau.

Population Density: Includes Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in population density rankings, 1 to 52.

Apportionment: Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states. Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia are not included.

Alaska and Hawaii gained statehood in 1959. Arizona and New Mexico gained statehood in 1912. For apportionment, data before those periods are not reflected on the map.

Congress did not reapportion in 1920. Therefore, the apportionment data shown for this decade replicates the data for 1910. There is no data reflected for the apportionment population in the 1920 "people per representative" chart.