California loses congressional seat
California will lose a congressional seat for the first time ever, 2020 U.S. Census results released on Monday revealed.
California, the most populous state in the country, has long had the most seats in the House of Representatives. Over the past two decades, that total has risen to 53.
However, census results showed limited growth in the state over the past 10 years, and California’s congressional breakdown will drop to 52.
Matt Rexroad of Redistricting Insights — a company that provides redistricting services to California counties as well as several states — wasn’t surprised by Monday’s news.
“It’s exactly what I expected,” Rexroad told The Sun. “If anything other than the loss of a seat in California had happened, I would have been really suspicious about the data coming in later this year. That’s not to say there isn’t. no problems with data, but if we had lost three seats or taken three seats I would have been very worried.
The California Redistricting Commission will not be able to begin drawing new district lines until it receives new data from the US Census Bureau in September.
But now that California is set to officially lose a seat, which part of the state will be hit the hardest?
The answer could point to a minor reworking in Southern California, leaving the Central Valley relatively untouched.
“The Central Valley has obviously grown a lot here over the past decade, and it’s grown faster than a lot of other parts of California, especially LA County. So LA County hasn’t grown as fast as the rest, and it’s 10 million out of 40 million people.
That’s why when people say, ‘Which district goes?’ “Well, No. 1, District No. 53 will no longer exist. We’re not going to have a 53rd seat, we’re only going to have 52, and LA county just hasn’t grown that much and it’s such a big part of California’s population. But probably those seats in LA end up stretching a bit further – no trapping happens and they all disappear.
Overall, California’s population in 2020 was 39,538,223. That’s an increase of about 2.3 million people from a decade ago, good for a change of 6, 1%.
And although California had the third-largest increase, its percentage change came in at 24th in large part due to the number of people leaving the state in recent years.
“With the State of California, what I can tell you is that from our population estimation program, we know that over the last decade California has actually seen an increase natural where it was able to gain population because there were more births than deaths,” Karen Battle, head of the U.S. Census Bureau’s population division, told a news conference. .
“They also had positive net international migration. But California had negative net inward migration, where again there were more people leaving California than people entering California. This therefore contributed to the population count and census.