By Maurice E. Duhon, Jr.
50 million doors needed to be knocked on and if some of those people were not home, at the time, someone would have to make a re-turn visit. Seems overwhelming but with a little bit of good old-fashioned “stick-to-it-ness” and a little bit of avoiding “government take-over” fearing “over-reactors”, the U.S. Census Bureau was recently able to calculate their results for the 2010 Census. The Census’ results place the official population of the United States to be 308,745,538.
The 2010 Census also provides numbers that prove America’s once-booming population growth has reached its lowest level in 7 decades. America’s population growth is currently at its lowest since 1940, i.e. The Great Depression that decreased the population growth rate by more than half, to 7.3 percent.
The new 2010 Census numbers of April 2010, show a 9.7 percent increase over the 2000 census, compared to 281.4 million residents in 2000.
The Census figures not only help our government calculate “fun facts” like these, but also will be used to redraw the 435 United States House Congressional districts among our 50 states. The dominant party of each state redraws the election map that will provide our country’s political landscape for the next 10 years.
France and England witnessed increases of roughly 5 percent over the past decade. Japan’s number stayed relatively the same while Germany saw a decline in population. China, our global economy’s “Rookie of the Year” displayed a rise in population of 6 percent while Canada’s exhibits a growth rate of 10 percent.
The economic break down we’ve experienced, since 2000, is forced to play a major role in affecting the results of the Census. Not only does an economic depression stunt the growth of the nation’s families it also causes a drop in illegal migration. The Census records all those living in America, both legally and illegally. I hope some in power don’t view an imposed economic recession as a solution to ignoring logical and rational immigration reform.
California (37,253,956) is our nation’s most populous state, our least populous, Wyoming (563,626).
Texas (up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561) leads our nation in the ranks of numerical population growth, while Nevada acquired the largest percentage growth of any state, (up 35 percent to 2,700,551).
Texas looks to gain four Congressional House seats due to a growing Hispanic population and a diverse economic environment that held up relatively well during the recession, aside from Harris County’s 8.8% un-employment rate that has doubled since 2008 and now sits higher than the its own un-employment rate of 8.3% in June of 1993.
Other states that will gain House seats include: winners are Arizona (1), Florida (2), Georgia (1), South Carolina (1), Utah (1) and Washington (1).
States losing House seats are: Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Ohio (2), and Pennsylvania (1).
With Ohio and New York losing seats, this will pose a 2012 campaign challenge for President Obama, seeing as how these were democratic strongholds carried by Obama in 2008 that now show declines in his political influence.
California, for the first time in U.S. political history will fail to gain a House seat after a census, due to its lag in population growth. We can’t blame that on the rain, so we must blame that also on our economic recession.
These population numbers are the first set of numbers to be released for the 2010 Census results. The Census Bureau plans to release population and race breakdowns, affecting the neighborhood level, in February. It is these February neighborhood numbers that will be used for states to redraw all current congressional boundaries.
The 2010 census results will also be 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.
Who knew a legislatively allowed breakdown of corporate business ethics and morality would cause a massive recession/depression that would halt our country’s growth, both economically and physically? Wait, we all knew that already.