Tennessee added 656,822 to its population in the last decade — an 11.5 percent increase — greater than the U.S. rate but not enough to gain seats in Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.
The state’s population stood at 6,346,105, up from 5,689,283 in 2000. The U.S. population was 308,745,538, a 9.7 percent increase from 281,421,906 in 2000.
“A big thanks to the American public for its overwhelming response to the 2010 Census,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in unveiling the official counts in Washington. “The result was a successful count that came in on time and well under budget, with a final 2010 Census savings of $1.87 billion.”
The most populous state was California (37,253,956). Wyoming was the least populous (563,626). The state that gained the most people since 2000 was Texas (up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561), and the state that gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was Nevada (up 35.1 percent to 2,700,551).
The South and the West grew the most, with the South gaining 14.3 million people and the West picking up 8.7 million. The Northeast and the Midwest also grew by 1.7 million and 2.5 million, respectively.
Tennessee keeps its nine congressional seats under the new Census figures. With four additional seats, Texas gained the most. Florida picked up two seats. Six others states — Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington — added one seat each.
New York and Ohio each lost two seats. Eight other states lost a single seat: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.