Michigan at Risk of Losing Seat in Congress Due to Slow Population Growth
The U.S. Census Bureau says the state’s population grew by less than 3,000 people last year.
Michigan’s total population is now 9,986,857.
While the number of people increased, it was outmatched by the growth of other states.
According to the latest estimates, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon would each gain one seat.
Texas is projected to gain two.
Michigan lost one seat after the 2010, 2000 and 1980 census counts and two after 1990.
One reason for the decrease in population is that fewer children are being born.
A Detroit population analyst says Michigan births are at their lowest levels since 1941.
However, State of Michigan Demographer Eric Guthrie says any sign of continued growth is positive.
He says this is especially true since Michigan was the only state to lose population from 2000 to 2010.