Michigan Loses Population

The results of the 2010 U.S. Census are out.

The Census Bureau says America has just over 308 million people.

Michigan was expected to be one of the country’s big losers, and that’s exactly what’s happened.

Michigan’s population decreased to 9.88 million.

It was 9.93 million in 2000.

Michigan is the only state to lose residents since 2000.

And it’s the state’s first population decline in 100 years.

The census results are used to dole out billions of dollars in federal funding for state and municipal projects, in proportion to population.

The count also determines how many seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2013, Michigan will lose one house seat, cutting the state’s delegation to 14.

Congress will be redistricting next year.