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At current rate, Minnesota at risk of losing a congressional seat after 2020 census

December 21, 2018

ST. PAUL — New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota’s population continues to grow. But the state demographer warns Minnesota could lose a congressional seat after the 2020 census.

According to the Census Bureau, Minnesota’s population grew by 43,000 people between 2017 and 2018. That puts the state’s population at 5,611,200.

It’s the second consecutive year that state-to-state migration has meant a net gain of residents to Minnesota. That’s after 15 years of consecutive net losses before 2017.

In addition to the population growth from state-to-state migration, Minnesota gained another 10,700 residents in 2018 from international immigration and 25,800 residents from “natural increase,” the balance of births over deaths.

State Demographer Susan Brower says Minnesota’s population growth over the past year is strong for a Midwestern state. But Brower warns that other regions are growing faster than the Midwest, and that Minnesota could lose a congressional seat.

The 2020 census will determine the number of Minnesota’s seats in the U.S. House, as well as the number of the state’s Electoral College votes. The 2020 Census count will also guide the distribution of more than $8 billion in funding per year between 2020 and 2030 to Minnesota communities.

“Minnesota’s population growth of 0.8 percent over the past year is very strong for a Midwestern state,” noted State Demographer Susan Brower. “However, other regions are growing much faster than the Midwest and Minnesota’s moderate population growth since the last census puts it at risk for losing a congressional seat. A faster-growing state like Texas is poised to gain two congressional seats after the 2020 Census count.”

“Today’s data underscores the importance for Minnesota to count every person in the 2020 Census,” said Administration Commissioner and Complete Count Committee co-Chair Matt Massman. “Minnesota’s growth among Midwestern states coupled with above average participation in the 2020 Census are critical to retaining our current federal representation.”

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