West Virginia and Ohio each lose one congressional seat


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West Virginia and Ohio are two of seven states that will lose a congressional seat in 2022, the Census Bureau announced Monday.

The other states losing a seat are: California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania.

One state, Texas, gained two seats. And five states gained one seat: Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon.

The official population count as of April 1, 2020, was: 331,449,281. And Ohio remains one of the 10 most populous states in the country.

The Census Bureau will be releasing the numbers used for determining how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets on Monday.

The release of the apportionment numbers comes almost four months later than planned because of delays caused by the pandemic and anomalies discovered in the data as the numbers were being crunched.

The numbers are state population counts that show how many residents each state has gained or lost over the past decade.

The 435 seats in the House of Representatives are divided among the states based on population. As growing states get more congressional seats because of population gains, that means fewer seats for states that lost population or didn’t grow as fast.

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