U.S. household income fell to its lowest level in more than a decade in 2010 and poverty rose to a 17-year high, setting the stage for the debate over jobs and the economy that will dominate the 2012 presidential race.
Robert Groves , director of the U.S. Census, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt ,” airing this weekend, that the 2010 Census shows that the ethnic makeup of the world’s largest economy will be increasingly diverse, with more mixed- race Americans.
The U.S. population grew at a slower pace overall in the past decade while the Hispanic birth rate surged, according to government data that offered estimates of what the decennial census is likely to show.
The Northeast and Midwest are poised to lose as many as 10 seats in Congress, while Texas could gain four after the U.S. Census Bureau releases reapportionment data later this month, a Bloomberg analysis and other data shows.
The Hispanic population in Virginia surged in urban areas in the last 10 years, potentially transforming key voting districts in the swing state, a shift detailed in 2010 U.S. Census numbers released yesterday.