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New Census Figures Show Americans Moving South, West

Aired December 28, 2000 - 2:39 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: New U.S. census figures are out today. They show the nation's population has grown to 281,421,906 individuals. The new numbers will also reshape America's political boundaries.

Here's CNN national correspondent Gene Randall with a closer look.

Hi, Gene.

GENE RANDALL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Andria.

Well, that 281 million figure that you mention is up 13.2 percent from 10 years ago in 1990 when the population was under 249 million. Now, the census is also the story of where we live, and there is a familiar trend in the new figures. Americans are moving away from the Northeast and the Midwest to the West and the Sunbelt, and congressional reapportionment will certainly reflect that -- Andria.

HALL: Well, looking at the weather today you can understand why.

Gene, can you tell us who the winners and losers are?

RANDALL: Well, Andria, based on the numbers we got today, effective in 2003, four states will pick up two additional seats in the House of Representatives: Texas, Arizona, George and Florida. Gaining one new seat apiece: California, Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina.

By the way, Nevada's growth rate is the highest in the country: 66 percent over the past 10 years. And Texas is now the second most populous state in the union, topped only by California. Texas replaces New York as No. 2.

Here are the states that end up losing congressional representation: New York and Pennsylvania lose two seats apiece. Giving up one each: Connecticut, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Mississippi -- Andria.

HALL: So 10 gains and 11 losses. Are there more numbers that are going to be released from the Census Bureau?

RANDALL: There certainly are. Over the next few months we'll get more numbers from the Census Bureau and they will form the basis for redistricting, the always contentious battle over redrawing congressional district lines. And there figures to be an awful lot of partisan combat ahead over that -- Andria.

HALL: And I know you'll be right there to cover it. Thanks, Gene Randall. We appreciate you sorting it out for us.

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