COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As Georgia's population increases, so does the state's political power.
Georgia is gaining one more representative in the U.S. House, bringing the total to 14.
This also means picking up an extra electoral vote, giving Georgia more pull in the next Presidential election.
Columbus State Political Science Professor Dr. Thomas Dolan believes people are moving because of jobs. "American industry has been moving from the Union-friendly states to the less friendly states. This is why we have a KIA plant 40 miles north and we have a Hyundai plant in Alabama."
Harris County's population grew by more than 25%, Columbus 4%, and Troup County saw a 14% increase.
The census was taken in 2010, but most of our area's growth will come this year explained Dolan. "So what that means is with any allocations, particularly at the federal level, will be based on what we were rather than the additional tens of thousands of people that will come with Base Re-alignment and Closure."