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2020 Census: A National Look

The 2020 Census is now about 3 years old. Since its completion, we

have been analyzing the data and trying to interpret what it means for

our nation going forward for the next 10 years. In essence, we are

making a 10 year adjustment based on what our population is doing. In

looking at this adjustment, we first have to look at some of the reasons

for the census itself.

We want to know how our population has changed? What do the

findings mean for representation in the U.S. House of Representatives?

Or as the Constitution refers to it...Reapportionment. And what impact

will these changes in population have on the allocation of federal


So, how did our country’s population change from 2010 to 2020? In 2020, the US population grew

to over 331 million from 2010. We grew by 23 million people in 10 years or 7.4 percent. This was a

lower rate of growth than the previous decade where the population between 2000 and 2010 grew

by 9.7%. Also, this was the lowest percentage growth in our population in 90 years, since 1930.

The largest city in the US is New York City with 8.8 million people. The largest state in the US is

California with 39.5 million people. The smallest state is Wyoming with 576 thousand people.

The largest region in the country is the South with over 126 million people living in the region.

Between 2010 and 2020, the population increased by over 11 million people. The most of any region

in the country.

Racially and ethnically, the US is more diverse in 2020 than in 2010. The White population

decreased to 204.3 million in 2020 or 61.6% of the total population.

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