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Population gains point to state keeping DC delegation

December 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is growing faster in population than other Northeast states and that could keep the state from losing any further clout in Congress.

Secretary of State William Galvin said Tuesday that if population trends continue, Massachusetts would stand a good chance of keeping the nine seats it currently has in the U.S. House after the next federal census in 2020. The state has lost one House seat in three of the last four reapportionments.

Galvin says the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show Massachusetts had just under 6.8 million people as of July 1, making it the nation’s 15th most populous state.

Galvin says Massachusetts’ population has increased by 3.8 percent since the 2010 census, compared to a cumulative 1.7 percent increase for the entire Northeast region.

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