GOP Gobbling Up Berks Political Map

The lone Democrat representing Berks County in Congress would be pushed outside Berks borders, allowing three Republican congressmen to take larger chunks of Berks and a fourth to extend his district into the county.

That picture became clear Wednesday when maps and district descriptions began circulating in advance of an expected vote on them by the state Senate.

Dr. G. Terry Madonna, a political analyst and professor of politics and public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, described the plan as artful and skillfully drawn to protect incumbents. 

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Pennsylvania: Census 2010 Results

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Here are some results from Census 2010 for Pennsylvania.

Top five cities:

Philadelphia 1,526,006 (increase)

Pittsburgh 305,704 (decrease)

Allentown 118,032 (increase)

Erie 101,786 (decrease)

Reading 88,082 (increase)

Top five counties:

Philadelphia 1,526,006 (increase)

Allegheny 1,223,348 (decrease)

Montgomery 799,874 (increase)

Bucks 625,249 (increase)

Delaware 558,979 (increase)

Lancaster County is Pennsylvania’s sixth largest county with a population of 519,445 (increase).

Other 2010 Pennsylvania city/borough census data:

Boyertown’s population increased to 4,055

Royersford’s population increased to 4,752

Collegeville’s population decreased to 5,089

Pottsville’s population decreased to 14,324

Lansdale’s population increased to 16,269

Pottstown’s population increased to 22,377

Easton’s population increase to 26,800

Norristown’s population increased to 34,324

Wilkes-Barre’s population decreased to 41,498

York’s population increased to 43,718

Harrisburg’s population increased to 49,528

Lancaster’s population increased to 59,322

Bethlehem’s population increased to 74,982

Scranton’s population decreased to 76,089

Local townships – 2010 data:

West Pottsgrove Township’s population increased to 3,874

Upper Pottsgrove Township’s population increased to 5,315

Douglas (Montgomery) Township’s population increased to 10,195

New Hanover Township’s population increased to 10,939

Lower Pottsgrove Township’s population increased to 12,059

Amity Township’s population increased to 12,583

Limerick Township’s population increased to 18,074

To view the entire municipal census data, click on this link: http://www.psats3.org/

You will see 2010 census results for Pennsylvania municipalities now available.  You can download a read only spreadsheet in alphabetical order by county, then by municipality name.

Pennsylvania will lose another congressional seat.  We will drop from 19 to 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Pennsylvania’s population increased; however, there are other states whose populations are increasing faster.  Pennsylvania’s population grew by 3.4% between 2000 and 2010.  The Commonwealth’s official population stands at 12,702,379.  421,000 new Pennsylvanians were added since the 2000 census.

The national population growth rate is 9.7%.  States with higher population growth tend to be pro-business states.  Pennsylvania’s corporate tax is the highest in the nation at 9.9% which is a huge reason that is slowing down our growth!