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Slower population growth puts Minnesota congressional seat in jeopardy


December 31, 2019

Shari L. Gross – Star Tribune

"It's still within reach," state demographer Susan Brower said of Minnesota's U.S. congressional seat. Above, Brower spoke to kindergarteners at Bethune Elementary School in Minneapolis about the 2020 census on Dec. 20.

New U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that Minnesota's growth slowed slightly in 2019, deepening fears that the state may lose a congressional seat after the 2020 Census.

The data released Monday offered the last glimpse at state populations before the census this spring that will determine how the country's 435 congressional seats are divvied up. Minnesota barely hung onto its eight seats after the last census in 2010, but its growth hasn't kept pace with states like Florida and Texas that are poised to gain seats.


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