Congressional power will continue flowing to the sunbelt
if the census were held today (rather than the next scheduled one in 2010).
Arizona, Florida, Texas and Utah would each gain one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives if districts were reapportioned today, according to an analysis by American City Business Journals.
Iowa, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, on the other hand, would each lose a seat.
The U.S. Census Bureau released new state-by-state population estimates for 2004 Wednesday. ACBJ used those figures to hypothetically reapportion House seats today, six years in advance of the next scheduled reapportionment in 2010
The four states that would pick up House seats have experienced substantial population growth since 2000, when the last federal census was conducted. Arizonas population has increased by 12 percent since 2000, Floridas has grown by 8.9 percent, Texas by 7.9 percent and Utahs by 7.0 percent, based on the latest Census Bureau estimates.