Guess Which 7 States Are LOSING Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives

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The Census Bureau has finished tabulating some of the results from the 2020 Census. And, just like every time a census is conducted, there are winners and losers.

7 states Are Losing U.S. Representatives:

  1. California
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. New York
  5. Ohio
  6. West Virginia
  7. Pennsylvania

6 States Are Gaining U.S. Representatives:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. Colorado
  4. Montana
  5. Oregon
  6. North Carolina

It’s interesting that the biggest losers are four of the states that locked down hardest during the pandemic. But keep in mind, the 2020 census doesn’t fully account for the effects of lockdowns.

Since 2021 began, thousands more families have left states with severe restrictions. This exodus does not fully show up in the 2020 census results due to when tabulation ended. But you can expect these migration trends to continue well beyond 2021.

The biggest losers will continue to be California, New York, Illinois, and Michigan — because it turns out people don’t like high taxes and excessive restrictions and regulation. While the biggest gainers will continue to be Florida and Texas because of their lack of income tax and relatively high level of freedom.

Fun Fact: This is the first time in California’s history that they will lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, going from 53 seats to 52.

California has seen an exodus of middle-class residents to conservative states, as residents seek lower taxes, greater job opportunities, a friendlier business environment, and a lower cost of living. Highly skilled individuals continue to arrive, as well as poor households, particularly migrant families, but other parts of the country are growing as a proportion of the overall population at California’s expense.


One wonders how the shift in state representatives will affect future elections. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.