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Census overcount of Minnesota's population may have aided political win

Data released Thursday helped explain how the state narrowly retained its last congressional seat


Matt Rourke, Associated Press

A 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident.

Minnesota may have avoided losing a congressional seat after the 2020 census because of an overcounting of state residents.

The once-a-decade headcount that is used to allocate political power and federal funding may have overcounted Minnesota's residents by 219,000 people, or 3.8% of the population, according to results released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau's study of its accuracy.

The overcount "might have helped us" save the congressional seat, said state demographer Susan Brower. "But there are thousands of other things that could've happened as well."


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