North Carolina has gained a 14th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to data released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina’s official population in the 2020 Census was 10,453,948. This is an increase of 903,905, or 9.5 percent since 2010.
State population counts are used to apportion the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The apportionment population consists of the resident population of the 50 states, plus the overseas military and federal civilian employees and their dependents living with them who could be allocated to a home state.
North Carolina had the 6th largest increase among the states and was the 15th fastest-growing state.
The 2020 Census count kicked off in January 2020. It was the first in the nation’s history when data was primarily collected online; however, problems quickly mounted when the initial postcard-style invitations were dropped in the mail around the same time the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S.
North Carolina was predicted to pick up an additional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, based on population estimates and projections made prior to the 2020 Census. As a result, U.S. House districts will need to be redrawn to account for this change, as well as population changes over the decade.
In late December, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would miss the Dec. 31 target date to deliver a county of each state’s total population. This was the first time the agency missed the deadline since it was implemented by Congress more than four decades ago.
The delay compressed the timeline for redistricting significantly, potentially shifting elections to 2022. The N.C. General Assembly is expected to use the newly released data to draw new maps that could be used through the 2030 election.
Moore County has shifted between congressional districts frequently in the last decade. The most recent map, approved in 2019, split Moore County between the 8th and 9th districts mostly along a north/south boundary line. U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson represents the 8th District which encompasses much of the northern end of the county including Carthage, Cameron, Vass, Bensalem, Deep River and High Falls, Little River, Robbins and Westmoore precincts. U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop represents the 9th District which carries all of the precincts in southern Moore County including Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Pinebluff, Seven Lakes, Southern Pines, and West End. Several precincts, including Whispering Pines and Eastwood, were split between the two districts.