MN Could Lose a Congressional Seat After 2020 Census

New estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota’s population growth slowed down slightly in 2019 and that has some concerned the state could lose a congressional seat after the 2020 census.


The spring census will determine how the country’s 435 Congressional Seats are divvied up.  Minnesota’s population grew by about 0.6% last year, or about 33,000 people, down slightly from 0.7% the prior year.


State Demographer Susan Brower says she’s less confident Minnesota will keep the seat, but that it’s still within reach.  Election Data Services, a Virginia consulting firm that studies reapportionment, projects the state will fall  about 21,000 and 25,000 people short of keeping the seat.