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2010 Census estimates slower population growth, more minorities

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2010 Census estimates slower population growth, more minorities

Jorge Hernandez December 21, 2010

Data that has been released ahead of the 2010 U.S. Census statistics reveals that the overall population of the United States is reaching its slowest growth in 70 years, while the growth of minority groups, especially Hispanics, is hitting an all-time high.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the overall U.S. population is estimated to be between 305.7 million and 312.7 million, compared to 281.4 million in 2000. Experts estimate that the official count will be below 308.7 million, which places U.S. growth at about 9 percent, down from 13.2 percent between 1990 and 2000, making it the lowest increase since 1940 and the Great Depression era, the news source reports.

Meanwhile, the Hispanic-American population is on the rise. The U.S. Census Bureau forecasts that with more than 45 million Hispanics in the United States, twice the amount 20 years ago, current minority groups may actually be the majority by 2050.

There also appears to be a noticeable population shift to Southern and Western states that may result in the gain of more congressional seats for traditionally Republican states, most notably Texas. This will have a significant impact on the 2012 electoral vote, reports CNN.com.

According to the news source, Texas is projected to win four congressional seats, Florida to gain two and Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington may each gain one seat. Ohio and New York may each lose two seats while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania could each lose one.

The United States is growing considerably faster than other developed nations. France, England and China all had growth percentage rates lower than the U.S., Japan's remained the same and Germany's is declining, the news source reports.

The official 2010 U.S. Census data will be released Tuesday. The Census is conducted once every 10 years and is used to allocate resources among communities as well as to redistribute House seats among the states, determining the political landscape.