December 22, 2004


Census: Massachusetts loses population (AP, 12/22/04)

Massachusetts is the only state to see a population decline over the last year.

The Census Bureau says there were 38-hundred fewer people living in the Bay State.

Population experts say the dip in Massachusetts could have been caused by an exodus of people leaving to escape rising costs in the Boston area.

Meanwhile, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah and other states blessed with wide-open spaces are seeing steady population growth.

Imagine what the Democratic Party's future Gibbon will make of their decision to nominate a senator from the only shrinking state in the Union for president in 2004?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 22, 2004 11:32 AM

He will make two observations: first, quos Deus vastat, prius dementat. and second, that the God who looks out for children, drunks and the United States of America is the same One who makes mad those He would destroy.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 22, 2004 11:49 AM

Where do you think they went? To NH, to register (may be) and to vote for Kerry. Census will show a mirror image reversal next year! (BTW, what is the status of the 15% of turnour registered on election day? I thought the S ec of State was investigating irrgularities.)

Posted by: Moe from NC at December 22, 2004 12:38 PM

I re-ran Congressional Apportionment based on these new 2004 numbers, available at the Census website. Results:

Arizona, Florida, Texas, Utah all gain one seat. Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all lose one seat.

Those results by themselves, if applied, would give Bush 288 electoral votes in the recent election, and even the loss of Ohio would still have left it a 269-269 tie, with Ohio down to 19 EV.

Massachusetts is on the verge of losing a seat; Nevada on the verge of gaining another. Also, Minnesota will likely lose a seat to Texas.

Both of those are further Republican wins.

Posted by: John Thacker at December 22, 2004 2:35 PM

Actual population decline used to be a Dakota phenomena.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 22, 2004 11:11 PM

It will be very interesting to see who loses the seat in Minnesota, if it does indeed go. Right now their delegation is split right down the middle, with comfortable incumbents in each slot. It will be a(nother) ugly redistricting battle.

Posted by: Timothy at December 23, 2004 1:46 PM

The Twin Cities suburbs are gaining population and the rest of the State is losing population. Each party controls one State House. The Twin City districts will have to be expanded outwards. So, the district that gets eliminated will be one of the 4 rural ones, 2 are in the hands of each party.

Posted by: Bart at December 23, 2004 4:07 PM