US marks slowest population growth since the Depression

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first numbers from the 2020 census are out and they show that America’s population growth has declined to its slowest rate since the Great Depression — a total now of just under 331.5 million.

At the same time, the nation’s political center of gravity has kept shifting further to the Republican-led South and West.

Texas, Florida and other Sun Belt states are gaining congressional seats as chillier climes like New York and Ohio lose them.

One historic Western exception: California is losing a seat for the first time ever.

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