The U.S. Census Bureau released its first data set from the 2010 census on Dec. 21 showing that Nebraska’s population has grown by 6.7 percent to 1.83 million people since 2000, lower than the national average but enough to keep the state’s three seats in the House of Representatives. With 12 seats changing states, (UNCLEAR WHAT THAT MEANS) Nebraska now has the third-lowest population-to-representative ratio in the country, with each Congressman representing 608,000 people. Only Rhode Island (526,000) and Wyoming (568,000) are lower. Iowa and Missouri were among the 10 states to lose a seat based on the census results. Between 1990 and 2000, Nebraska’s population grew by nearly 10 percent. The U.S. population grew by 9.7 percent to 380.7 million people.

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