California is set to lose a congressional seat for the first time in its history, after data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday revealed that the South and Mountain West gained population relative to California, the Midwest, and Northeast.
The Los Angeles Times observed:
California will lose one seat in Congress for the first time in state history, while Texas and Florida are among the states that will see its representation increase, according to population data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday that give the first glimpse of the coming decade’s congressional landscape.
The new apportionment figures — which uses the decennial head count to allocate representation in the U.S. House of Representatives across the states — are a crucial building block in mapping the country’s political geography. The details arrived months later than in a typical census as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic scrambling the