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Mississippi will remain with four Congressional seats, Census numbers show (Updated 11:30 a.m.)

In what Commerce Secretary Gary Locke declared to be the “this latest portrait of America” in an announcement this morning, the U.S. Census 2010 determined that there are 308 million people in the country but the apportionment of seats for the U.S. House of Representatives leaves Mississippi with four seats.

According to the Census, Mississippi has a population of 2,967,297, a 4.3 percent increase over the 2000 population count of 2,844,658.

Census Director Robert Groves, asked about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Mississippi, Louisiana and Gulf Coast populations, said that because of the “unique situation,” census workers had hand delivered census forms to many hard-hit areas to make an accurate count of resident populations.

In the three coastal Mississippi counties, the percentage of the county that was hand-delivered 2010 Census forms: Hancock County - 60.67 percent; Harrison County - 26.47 percent; Jackson County - 12.19 percent.

While Southern states grew exponentially – Texas had a 20.6 percent increase over 2000 with a 2010 population of 25,145,561 and gains four more U.S. House seats -- Mississippi did not have enough growth to add any more representation in the House.

“The Census will serve as the backbone for our political and economic system for years to come,” said Locke. will update this story as details become available.