DENVER (KDVR) – Colorado will gain an eighth Congressional district, the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Monday.
The shift also means Colorado will gain another presidential elector. Electors are allocated based on each state’s number of Congressional legislators. Colorado – which will soon have eight representatives in the U.S. House and two in the U.S. Senate – will have 10 electors in the next presidential election.
The bureau announced the changes in a virtual news conference on 2020 Census data, which apportions the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives based on each state’s population.
Colorado joins 13 other states in a Congressional shift, the bureau said.
Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will also gain one seat each, and Texas will gain two. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will each lose a seat.
The reapportioned Congress convenes in January 2023.
The announcement had been expected, as Colorado’s population growth over the last decade has been significant.
The new data show the state added nearly 745,000 new residents since 2010, a 14.8% increase.
Colorado saw the sixth-highest percentage population growth nationwide. Utah ranked first.
The U.S. population overall increased by 7.4% for a total of 331,449,281 people living in the country.