New York state would not have lost a seat in Congress if it had counted 89 more people, a Census Bureau official said on Monday.
The statistic was revealed during an announcement on which states would gain or lose congressional seats in the next election based on the 2020 census count.
“What we have is that if New York had had 89 more people, they would have received one more seat,” said Kristin Koslap, a senior technical expert for the 2020 census apportionment in the bureau’s Population Division. She clarified that all other state populations would have had to remain the same.
She added that Minnesota took the seat instead.
There were 20,215,751 New York residents in 2020, according to census officials, up from 19,378,102 people in 2010. Minnesota’s population has also grown. The state now has 5,709,752 residents, up from