Nothing could de-claw this rain cloud over Los Angeles like some fresh census data for the ages! We didn't endure all that door-to-door census heckling for nothing. The numbers are currently being announced — in the most droning, drawn-out voice possible — from the 13th floor of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The national population is at almost 39 million — up about 5 million since 2000. “Voice” explains that the center of the population has consistently moved west, blah blah blah.
Now for California!
The Golden State remains the largest in the nation, and grew 10 percent in the last decade.
All those threats that we might lose a House of Representatives seat served well: We held on steadily to all 53 spots. However, it's a bit disappointing compared to Texas' accruement of four freaking seats. (We're shaking in our cowboy boots.) California's not used to such stagnancy: We gained at least one seat in every census since 1930.
Still, New York took the hardest hit: Our sister coastal blue state lost two crucial seats in the House.
A Census official says that illegal immigrants were included in the survey. The American Community Survey, he says, can be more helpful in terms of tracking specific growth patterns, including immigration and regional trends.
Check back for more detailed analysis.