Every ten years, the United States of America conducts its census. With the last one coming in 2010, April 1st, 2020 was the date for the most recent one held. Due to the pandemic, a lot of people were forced to go into their local communities, socially distanced, and masked up to get counted. So according to the Census, the total number of citizens in the United States was 331,449,281 of which 3,104,614 were in Nevada. Since the last census in 2010, Nevada got an addition of 404,063 people which is a rise of 15%. They were one of the five states to get a population increase with Idaho, Texas, North Dakota, and Utah.
“The response rate for the state of Nevada in 2020 was 66.6%. And we were ranked 25th in the nation regarding our response rate,” Emily Zamora, the State Director of Silver State Voices, one of the groups that worked hard to get Nevadans to respond. The results of the census would start the calculations that will dictate how much federal money would go to Nevada. According to the numbers released, Nevada would get 6 billion dollars in federal funding.
This year's count represented a 7.4% increase from 2010 and is the second slowest growth of any decade in census history with the first coming during the great depression of the 1930s. Population growth slowed as the birth rate declined and immigration greatly decreased due to the policies of the Trump administration. The data release which comes four months later than the initial proposed date due to the coronavirus pandemic could set the stage for power tussles that could shape the house and Washington for the next 10 years. The Census also highlighted rapid population growth in the South and West compared to the Northeast and Midwest.
As such, Nevada won't gain or lose a congressional seat. The states' numbers used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives showed Nevada needed an extra 357 thousand people based on the average population size of a congressional district to have gained more while New York would have kept its seat if it had only 89 more people. Texas was the only state to pick up two more additional seats. Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana, and Oregon were the states to gain an additional seat. States including Ohio, New York, Illinois, West Virginia, California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all lost a seat according to the Census Bureau. California lost a seat for the first time in the state's history but remained the most populous state with 39.5 million people.
The gains in Texas, North Carolina, and Florida could help the Republicans gain control of the legislative arm and erase the narrow majority of the Democrats. The Republicans only need five seats to flip the majority back in their favor. "I'd expect, just from reapportionment, the Republicans to win a few seats," said Kyle Kondik, an election analyst at the University of Virginia. Although major work hasn't been done yet a block by block data haven't been released. Slated for September, this data would help redraw the lines for the redistricting. The delay has raised fears that states would be forced to rush through the difficult process ahead of the next elections. The four most populous states in the US; Texas, Florida, New York, and California have more than 110 million citizens and would account for one-third of the house seats. This year's count of seven-seat shifts was the smallest number of seat shifts among states since this method was put into use in 1941.