Georgia’s population of 10.6 million people makes it one of the largest states in the country. The state’s population grew by more than 100,000 from 2018 to 2019, according to the latest Census estimates. The state’s growing population relates to politics and the 2020 Census. However, more than 3% of the Georgia residents get payday loans at least once a year.
The Census counts every person living in the United States. The decennial count determines political representation and how federal money is distributed.
After the 2010 Census, Georgia’s population growth led to an increase of one congressional seat.
“An additional congressional seat means an additional vote in the electoral college, which is really important in helping to pick the President of the United States,” said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University.
Gillespie also said having more members of Congress means more voices advocating for Georgia.
“You want as many Georgians on as many committees as possible so that they are advocating for Georgia interests,” she said.
House committees that Georgia representatives serve on include Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Judiciary as well as Ways and Means.
Georgia has 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In comparison, Florida has 27 and Alabama and South Carolina each have 7. California has the most seats, with 53.