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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

2010 Census results

Washington, D.C. (KTTC-DT)--

The United States Census bureau has released the first bit of information from the 2010 Census. We now know that Minnesota is safe from losing any Congressional seats, but one of our neighboring states is not.

Despite Iowa's 4.1% growth in population, it was not enough to keep all 5 of its Congressional seats. Iowa is now down to 4.

Minnesota added about 384,000 people, a 7.8% increase. Still, neither state's growth kept up with the nation's average.

"The resident population is 308,745,538 persons."

It's a large number, but the U.S. grew by 9.7% and that's the smallest growth since the great Depression. Still, the entire Midwest couldn't keep up with the nation's average.

"I think after 35 inches of snow or whatever we've gotten this month, it's probably understandable why people are moving south," says Southern Minnesota's Congressman Tim Walz. "And it's a trend that happened in America. It started with the advent of air conditioning, and it followed behind that and everyone's able to live in a warmer climate."

The western and southern portions took much of the country's growth by about 14% each. So what does that mean for Minnesota and its neighbors?

Minnesota barely squeaked by and was able to retain its 8 congressional seats in the House of Representatives. The state grew by 7.8% roughly 384,000 people. Wisconsin also kept it's 8 seats and grew by 6%. Iowa, however, grew by 4.1% and lost 1 of its 5 seats. And Walz says that impacts Minnesotans.

"What it does is, it reduces our ability to advocate for those issues that are important to us. And many of these things are not democrat/republican, they're regional. One I can think of that comes to mind that we work closely with Wisconsin and Iowa is the farm bill."

Northeast Iowa representative Tom Latham released this statement:

"...Iowans are lucky to have what is widely regarded as one of the fairest redistricting processes in the country governing how the new congressional districts will be drawn."

And that process will begin next year with the new congressional map set in place for the 2012 elections.

Starting in February, the Census bureau will release information that states will use to redistrict. Rochester officials say they expect the city to surpass the 100,000 mark, making it a first-class city.

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