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2010 Census reveals Georgia will gain one congressional seat

Photo by Chad Silber

Photo by Chad Silber

ALBANY, Ga. -- The U.S. Census apportionment numbers were delivered to President Obama earlier today. At an 11 a.m. news conference, the first 2010 population data was released to the public.

Across the nation, 12 congressional seats will shift with Georgia gaining one seat. The average size nationally of each congressional district will be 710,760.

In Georgia, the average size of each district will be a population of 694,826. For each Georgia district, that is an increase of 63,520 people from the apportionment level of 2000, plus an additional district will have to be carved.

Texas was the big winner, picking up four seats to reach 36. Florida picked up two seats and will have 27.

The biggest losers were New York and Ohio, which each lost two representatives.

The new apportionment will go into effect with the Congress that is sworn in January 2013.

The nation's official population count, as of April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538, an increase of 9.7 percent from 2000. This population growth rate was the second slowest in the past century.

Georgia's population April 1 of this year was 9,687,653, up 18.3 percent from 2000's 8,186,453. That was well below the 26.4 percent growth rate between 1990 and 2000, but was on par with growth rates the state had for the 10-year periods from 1960 until 1990.

Of the nation's regions, Northeast, Midwest, West and South, the South showed the greatest increase in population with 14.3 percent growth over 2000.