A few bits of brain candy from the United States 2020 Census data

A thread by kyle ackerman

The 2020 United States Census data was released yesterday so I went through a few different articles and found a few bits of brain candy for ya.

A thread 🧵

As of April 1st, 2020 , the United States population was 331,500,000 people

(An increase of just 7.4% since 2010)

From 2000 to 2010, it grew 9.7% (the slowest rate since the 1930s )

And the second-slowest rate of growth since the government began taking a census in 1790

Overall, the South and the West grew the fastest in the past decade

Texas, Utah, Idaho, and North Dakota saw the highest growth rate (in terms of %)

Illinois, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico saw the largest declines in population growth

An estimated 130k (or ~4%) people left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017 alone

West Virginia lost 3.2% of its population — there were more people living in WV in 1950 than there are today. And the state’s population is expected to shrink through 2040. West Virginia is also 1 of 2 states where deaths exceeded births over the last decade. (The other is Maine, but due to immigration, their population grew 🙂)

California, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York each lost 1 seat in the House of Representatives

California added 2.3 million people from 2010 to 2020 (6.1% growth), but lost a seat in Congress because other states grew at a high rate

New York lost their seat by just 89 people.

Minnesota held on to 1 seat by just 26 people

Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina each gained 1 seat in the House.

And Texas gained 2 seats.

(Early estimates had Texas gaining 3 seats, Florida gaining 2, and New York losing 2)

5% of US-adults say they moved because of the pandemic

*Census data is recorded as of April 1st, 2020 — a lot has happened since then and the true impact of the pandemic remains to be unseen as of today.

(Including true mortality rate)



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