And... As a result of the 2010 census, Washington will be getting a 10th congressional district! (Effective in 2012.) More in this week's paper, and details on where that district is likely to be here.
Secretary of State Sam Reed says:
This is a great day for the people of Washington. We gain in clout, with another strong voice in Congress to be added in 2012. We gain an Electoral College vote and our population gain means we get a little larger slice of the pie as federal grants are apportioned out based on population.
By the way: The new population of the entire US of A is 308,745,538 people.