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The US population grew by 22.7 million or 7% between 2010 and 2020 — from 308.7 million to 331.4 million. During that period, the share of the population that identified as Hispanic grew from 16% to 19%. Non-Hispanic white Americans now account for 58% of the population, down from 64%.
Hispanic Americans account for 51% of the population growth between the 2010 and 2020 censuses.
Earlier in 2020, the Census Bureau released the population figures used to reapportion the number of representatives each state would get in Congress. The redistricting data released on August 12 includes population down to the small areas known as census blocks. Not only will this data inform the redrawing of legislative districts ahead of the 2022 election, but it also provides a demographic snapshot of the country based on attributes such as race, ethnicity, and home occupancy.
Texas, which gained two seats in reapportionment, had the largest population increase among states. Between 2010 and 2020, the population increased by 4 million, from 25.1 million to 29.1 million. The Hispanic population increased 21% from 9.5 million to 11.4 million and accounted for half of the state’s growth.
Between 2010 and 2020, Florida’s population increased by 2.7 million, from 18.8 million to 21.5 million. More than half of the growth is attributable to the Hispanic population, which grew 35% from 4.2 million to 5.7 million. Florida gained one seat in reapportionment.
While California remains the most populous state, it will lose one congressional seat in 2022. Between 2010 and 2020, the population increased by 2.3 million, from 37.3 million to 39.5 million. The Hispanic population increased 11% from 14 million to 15.6 million, accounting for 69% of the state’s growth. The non-Hispanic white population decreased by 8%, from 15 million to 13.7 million.
For more census data, visit the population and demographics data page.
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