Initial results from the latest census have been released. The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the official U.S. population as of April 2010 is 308,745,538. This number represents a 9.7 percent increase from 2000.
What does this mean for the House of Representatives? The Census Bureau announced that eight states will gain a total of 12 seats, while 10 states will lose seats. Republican-leaning states in the South and West will be the states to gain seats. The states losing seats are mostly in the Northeast and Midwest.