North Carolina will gain a seat in the House of Representatives, per an announcement from the Census Bureau.
The state will now have 14 House members and 16 electoral votes.
Five states, including North Carolina, will gain one seat in the House, and Texas will gain two. Seven states will lose a seat.
The change comes amid an increase in population in North Carolina and the South region. The South region’s population increased by 10.2% over the last decade, making it the fastest growing region of the United States, according to the Census Bureau. North Carolina is within the top 10 most populous states.
ABC11 noted in April that Raleigh and Charlotte could gain a greater proportion of seats in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Leah Boyd is a Pratt junior and editor-in-chief of The Chronicle's 117th volume.