South and West Show Biggest Population Growth in Newest Census
U.S. Census Bureau

South and West Show Biggest Population Growth in Newest Census

The 2020 Census has been released, providing glimpses into growing/shrinking markets and how the U.S. House of Representatives will be reshaped.


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the 2020 Census shows the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281.

The U.S. resident population represents the total number of people living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The resident population increased by 22,703,743 or 7.4% from 308,745,538 in 2010.

As expected, the South and West saw the biggest population growth between 2010-2020. The 2020 Census shows that the U.S. population in southern states grew from roughly 114.6 million in 2010 to 126.3 million, an increase of nearly 12 million residents. The West grew by 6.6 million to 78.6 million residents in 2020.

In addition to these newly released statistics, today Secretary Raimondo delivered to President Biden to he population counts to be used for apportioning the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

• Texas will gain two seats in the House of Representatives, five states will gain one seat each (Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon)
• Seven states will lose one seat each (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia)

• The remaining states’ number of seats will not change based on the 2020 Census.

Other facts and figures from the Census included:

• The most populous state was California (39,538,223); the least populous was Wyoming (576,851).
• The state that gained the most numerically since the 2010 Census was Texas (up 3,999,944 to 29,145,505).
• The fastest-growing state since the 2010 Census was Utah (up 18.4% to 3,271,616).

• Puerto Rico's resident population was 3,285,874, down 11.8% from 3,725,789 in the 2010 Census.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau