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TX gains most people in nation from 2000 to 2010

4 additional Congress seats.

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Texas gained 4.3 million people from 2000 to 2010, which tops the nation and gives the state four additional Congressional seats, according to Urbanophile, which analyzed Census 2010 data.

While the state’s increase results in a state population of 25.1 million people and a Congressional seat count of 36, the United States total population increased by 9.7% and was at 308,745,538 on April 1, 2010, adds the Urbanophile story.

The Urbanophile story also used raw data from the Census information to create maps that document the nation’s changing demographics:

Here’s a map of the US for percentage change in population from 2000-2010, with color intensity proportional to the change. Michigan is shown in red as the only state to lose population, falling below the 10 million mark. Nevada is the champ at 35%.

Here’s a map of the US for total change in population from 2000-2010, with color intensity again proportional to the change with Michigan in red. Texas is tops here, adding about 4.3 million people. California is number two, with healthy total population growth, though a rate that has slowed to virtually the national average, a big change for them.

This map I think says it all. In it I put the states that grew faster than the US as a whole in blue, and those that grew slower than the US as a whole in red:

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