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How is the number of representatives from each state decided?

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August 21, 2012 7:01AM

Every 10 years we have a census. The total population of the country is divided into 50 states. The total population is divided by 435 - the number of representatives mandated by law - and then allocated to the population of each state. Currenly each state gets 1 representative for about every 709,000 people. The one exception to this rule is that each state is allowed at least one representative regardless of how small their population might be.