Politics & Government

SC gets new congressional seat

South Carolina definitely will get a seventh congressional district in 2012, according to Census information released today.

The long-awaited Census report, as expected, showed the state’s population grew while other states lost population.

South Carolina's population grew 15.3 percent since 2000. The state’s population was 4,625,364 as of April 2010.

S.C. lawmakers in coming months will decide where the district’s boundaries will be.

South Carolina is among eight states -- in the Sun Belt and out West -- that will gain a congressional seat thanks to their population growth since 2000.

Politicians and demographers alike have said the seat would likely be a Republican one based along the coast, where the bulk of the state’s growth has happened.

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