Pennsylvania loses a congressional seat after 2020 Census

Written by on April 27, 2021

 Pennsylvania loses a congressional seat after 2020 Census

By Lucy Perkins / WESA

April 27, 2021

Shown is an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident, in Glenside, Pa., Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania’s representation in Congress will shrink, according to 2020 census data published on April 26. The state will have 17 seats in the U.S. House.

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According to the new numbers, seven states will lose a seat in Congress, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Michigan.

The new Census data determines how many of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives each state gets based on population changes. The data will be used in the coming months to draw new Congressional district maps. Each district which will each have roughly 760,000 constituents.

Many expect the lost seat to be taken out of western Pennsylvania, where the population has declined for decades. States with faster-growing populations, like Florida and Texas, Oregon and Colorado gained congressional seats.

More in-depth data will be released later this summer.

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