Arizona Likely to Gain U.S. House Seat in 2022

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Joel Rivera | Phoenix

Arizona appears set to gain a 10th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 2022 elections, according to an Arizona Republic analysis of population growth in the state and the nation.

As the newspaper reported last week, the state is likely to have about 7.3 million residents by the time the 2020 census, which helps determine each state's House representation, is conducted.

The Republic used three different scenarios to calculate how Arizona might fare in the next round of apportionment, using different rates of population growth. In each scenario, the state gained one seat.

If the projections hold true, Arizona would join five other states in gaining seats in the House. Colorado, North Carolina and Oregon would each gain one seat, Florida would gain two, and Texas would gain three, The Republic reported. Nine states seem likely to lose a seat.

Arizona has long ranked among the nation's fastest-growing states. and U.S. Census Bureau numbers released in December show that trend continuing: The state gained nearly 123,000 residents between July 2017 and July 2018.

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