Minnesota will hold on to all eight of it seats in Congress and one of its 10 electoral votes.  Officials say this is due to a nation-leading effort to get people to respond to the 2020 census in Minnesota.

Minnesota just barely edged out New York for the last seat allotted by just 89 people.

Minnesota’s overall growth rate, including citizens living overseas, was 7.4% — slightly better than the overall nationwide rate of 7.1%. That helped Minnesota keep all eight of the U.S. House seats that it has had since the 1960s.

The U.S. Census Bureau says that Minnesota’s population is now at 5.7 million.  This is up from 5.3 million in 2010.

Officials say that three-fourths of Minnesota residents voluntarily responded during the initial phase of the census which is top in the U.S.