PA Population Stagnates as Reapportionment Nears

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania netted just 83,000 more residents over the last decade as growth in the state stagnates compared to the southern and western regions of the country.

Only 500,000 more Americans live in the Northeast in 2020 as compared to 2010. In Pennsylvania, the total population peaked at 12.8 million in 2018 before settling at 12.78 million this year, according to the most recent U.S. Census estimates published this month.

Pennsylvania’s stagnation will likely cost the state another congressional seat when districts are redrawn next year. The state has been losing seats since the mid-1940s after peaking at a total of 34 in 1943. Next year’s reapportionment will shrink that number to just 17.

Staff Reporter

Christen Smith follows Pennsylvania’s General Assembly for The Center Square. She is an award-winning reporter with more than a decade of experience covering state and national policy issues for niche publications and local newsrooms alike.