Sign encouraging census participation
A sign encouraging residents to participate in the 2020 census hangs from the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

California lost one seat in the House of Representatives and Texas gained two seats in the 2020 U.S. Census results released Monday.

The Golden State’s loss came as its population increased by less than the U.S. average at 6.1% from 37,253,956 in 2010 to 39,538,223 in 2020.

The overall increase in the U.S. population was 7.4% to 331,449,281 on April 1, 2020. It was the second slowest growth in American history after the decade of the Depression in 1930-40.

Among the regions, the South grew fastest, followed by the West. Utah was the fastest growing state at 18.4%, while West Virginia had the biggest loss at 3.2%.

Overall there was a shift of only seven House seats among 13 states — the smallest change ever.

The results leave California with 52 seats, still the largest among the states, and Texas second at 38 seats.

The new districts will be drawn by California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission based on detailed county and city data that will be released later in the year.

The lost district is expected to be somewhere in the Los Angeles area, where population growth has been less than the state average.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer blamed the loss of the seat of out-migration caused by high living costs created by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Democrats in power.

“Californians are being forced to leave their home state in droves because they can’t stomach the cost of living, and now — after a century of growth that made California the best place to live — we are losing a Congressional Seat,” he said. “California has become the land of broken promises. That’s going to change when we recall Newsom this year.”

Updated at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 26, 2021

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.