New census numbers show Tennessee grew over the last decade, but not enough to gain any seats in Congress.
Tennessee’s population has grown 11.5 percent since the 2000 Census – higher than the national growth rate of 9.7 percent. The state’s population now stands close to 6.4 million people. And Census Bureau Director Robert Groves says these numbers are part of a regional trend.
“Here we see the continuation of a multi-decade trend of growth in the Southern and Western regions. The South, already the region with the largest population, grew by 14.3 percent.”
Still, Tennessee’s growth was not enough to increase its clout in Washington. Unlike some other Southern states, Tennessee will not gain any seats in the U-S House of Representatives. It was outpaced by the likes of, Texas and Georgia.
The Census Bureau is set to release more detailed numbers in the coming months – including demographic information — to help states redraw the Congressional lines.