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What You Should Know About Apportionment
Apportionment is the process of distributing the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states.
The 2020 Census population counts used for apportionment include the number of people who live in each state, plus overseas military and federal civilian employees and their families living with them who can be allocated back to their home state.
The Historical Apportionment Data Map has been updated to display apportionment results for each census from 1910 to 2020. Click the link to dive deeper and to better Explore Data displayed in the visual below.
Visualizing the First 2020 Census Results
About the 2020 Census: The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data helps determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how billions of dollars in funding are distributed to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and bridges.