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Slow population growth costs Ohio a House seat, census shows

The latest census adjustment will take the state’s representation in the U.S. House to 15 representatives, down from the current 16.
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Ohio has lost one seat in Congress as a result of new census figures released Monday, marking the sixth-straight decade of congressional declines for the state.

Prompted by sluggish population growth over the past decade, the loss of a U.S. House seat comes as the state embarks on a new system of drawing its congressional maps, which are considered among the most gerrymandered in the nation.

The latest census adjustment will take the state’s representation in the U.S. House to 15 representatives, down from the current 16. Ohio has lost a total of nine seats since 1960. 

Seats in the House are apportioned based on a formula tied to each state’s population as determined by the census’ once-per-decade head count.