Latest Census estimates suggest Minnesota could lose congressional seat

Minnesota's population has grown, but not quickly enough.
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Minnesota could be at risk at losing some of its representation in Congress following the 2020 Census, based upon estimates released on Monday.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its population estimates for 2019, the last estimate ahead of the Decennial Census next year.

Minnesota's population grew by 33,000 people last year, an increase of 0.6 percent, which is lower than the 0.7 percent increase last year.

The state was already close to losing one of its eight congressional seats following the 2010 population count, and the new estimates suggest Minnesota will move down to seven seats in the coming years.

Analysis by the Wall Street Journal found that Minnesota is among the eight states likely to lose a seat, with others including fellow Midwestern states Illinois and Michigan.

Meanwhile states including Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Montana, Oregon and Florida are likely to gain one, while Texas could gain two.

There's also the potential for Minnesota to lose one of its 10 Electoral College votes.

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The Star Tribune spoke to Kimball Brace, of Election Data Services, who says that Minnesota is currently falling 21,000-25,000 residents short of keeping its congressional seat.

The 2020 Census will be conducted in spring and summer, with the state launching a campaign to get everyone to fill out their Census form online.

You can find out more about getting involved in the Census process here.

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