2020 Census Grossly Undercounted Heartland States While Overcounting Deep-Blue Areas; Will Shape Political Landscape for a Decade

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Maybe it’s coincidence or something else altogether, but a report released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that several red states were undercounted in the 2020 census, while about an equal number of blue states were overcounted.

One practical impact is that red states likely received less representation than they should in Congress, while blue states received more.

And the kicker is the situation cannot be remedied until after the next census in 2030.

The Census Bureau reported that its Post-Enumeration Survey, which uses sampling to check the accuracy of the 2020 census, found that Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas were all undercounted.

Arkansas was the highest, with approximately a 5 percent undercount, while Texas was the lowest at just under 2 percent.

Amidst that group of red states was Illinois, whose population was also undercounted by about 2 percent.

On the flip side, the states that were overcounted include Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Utah.

So two red states — Ohio and Utah — were among the blue states with this problem.

The states with the greatest overcounts were Hawaii, with about 6.8 percent, followed by Delaware and Rhode Island at about 5 percent.

The lowest overcount was in Ohio at approximately 1.5 percent.

In 36 states and the District of Columbia, the enumeration survey found no statistically significant difference from the census count.

Roll Call reported, based on the survey’s findings, Texas and Florida should have picked up an additional congressional seat.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island and Minnesota should have likely lost a seat had they not been overcounted.

Tennessee was another red state that might have picked up an additional seat, but for its population being undercounted, according to The Hill.

The map below shows how the apportionment worked out nationwide, based on the 2020 census.

The states in gray stayed the same. Those in purple lost seats, and the sta…

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