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49.5 Percent in US Will Live in Eight States by 2040

49.5 Percent in US Will Live in Eight States by 2040
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July 23, 2018: Census Bureau data projects that 49.5 percent of the total U.S. population will live in just eight states by 2040: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, and North Carolina.[1]

Going a bit further, 69 percent of the population will live in the 16 largest states. Some pundits have expressed concern that these states will be underrepresented in the U.S. Senate.[2]

As I noted in a recent column, this would be problematic if America was supposed to be a pure democracy. However, our nation was founded on a belief in freedom as well as democracy. The architects of our Constitution recognized that one of the greatest threats to individual freedom would be a tyranny of the majority. Allowing 51 percent of voters to set rules for the other 49 percent to live by would be a recipe for disaster, not democracy.

Without the Senate, tyrannical majorities in coastal America could completely ignore the concerns of those who live in the middle of the country. They could pass laws that make sense in New York and California but are completely inappropriate in Missouri or Wisconsin. The Senate protects against such an outcome.

It’s important to note that this does not give the smaller states the ability to ignore the wishes of the coastal states. Those larger states have plenty of power in the House. In practical terms, as The Washington Post notes, "The House and the Senate will be weighted to two largely different Americas." For the federal government to work, the two Americas need to recognize each others’ concerns and find ways to address them." [3]

Below is a table with projected state populations by the year 2040 produced by the University of Virginia's Demographics Research Group:[1]

State

Projected population

California

48,286,484

Texas

40,698,640

Florida

28,235,139

New York

21,380,610

Pennsylvania

12,976,425

Georgia

12,808,892

Illinois

12,697,149

North Carolina

12,524,753

Ohio

11,704,452

Virginia

10,201,530

Michigan

9,873,234

New Jersey

9,556,978

Washington

9,478,722

Arizona

9,103,179

Massachusetts

7,901,128

Colorado

7,828,749

Tennessee

7,758,137

Indiana

7,129,926

Maryland

7,068,866

Missouri

6,398,634

Minnesota

6,306,239

South Carolina

6,253,488

Wisconsin

6,042,354

Louisiana

5,251,460

Alabama

5,128,561

Oregon

4,990,011

Kentucky

4,739,798

Oklahoma

4,651,753

Utah

4,279,204

Nevada

3,892,449

Connecticut

3,585,765

Iowa

3,435,150

Arkansas

3,213,755

Kansas

3,129,638

Mississippi

3,040,865

Nebraska

2,210,599

New Mexico

2,160,402

Idaho

2,087,293

Hawaii

1,779,125

West Virginia

1,760,989

New Hampshire

1,366,803

Maine

1,302,889

Montana

1,236,013

Delaware

1,181,045

District of Columbia

1,107,014

South Dakota

1,076,362

Rhode Island

1,049,098

North Dakota

1,044,934

Alaska

866,600

Wyoming

688,396

Vermont

612,877

Footnotes:

  1. Demographics Research Group, "National Population Projections," accessed July 20, 2018
  2. Washington Post, "In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states," July 12, 2018
  3. ScottRasmussen.com, "The Senate Protects our Freedoms," July 19, 2018

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Going a bit further, 69 percent of the population will live in the 16 largest states. Some pundits have expressed concern that these states will be underrepresented in the U.S. Senate.
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