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Mississippi
Settled in 1699 and admitted to the Union in 1817.

Historical Population and
U. S. House District Data  

A. Total State Population
 
B. Number of Representatives
 
C. House District Sizes (Population)
 
D. Maximum Potential Number of Representatives
 
E.   
 
F.   

 A. Total State Population
Historical U.S. House
Data
for each State
 
Total state population each year since admission to the Union.

  Reference Section III Chart A.1
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 B. Number of Representatives
 
The total number of Representatives
authorized
by Congress for this state.

  Reference Section III Chart A.2
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 C. House District Sizes (Population)
 
The red graph illustrates the state’s House district size by year,
which is equal to the Total State Population (Chart A) ÷
Number of Representatives (Chart B)
.
  For additional information see Section III Chart B.1
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 D. Maximum Potential Number of Representatives
 
This chart illustrates the disparity between the maximum number
of Representatives permitted by the Constitution (yellow)
and
the number actually authorized by Congress (blue) for this state.

For additional information see Section III Chart A.3
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 F.
 
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Footnotes:

  1. Total Population is based on decennial census data from the U. S. Census Bureau. The annual intercensus estimates were mathematically interpolated from the Census Bureau’s decennial data.
     
  2. The Actual Number of Representatives is the number authorized by Congress to represent the state. Note that the actual number representing the state at any given time may be a smaller due to vacancies (e.g., resignations, deaths, removal). Conversely, the total number of Representatives during any time span may be more than the authorized number due to turnover. The initial point in the graph is the first year that the state is admitted to the union
     
  3. The District Population Size is the total resident population (per the U. S. Census Bureau) divided by the total number of House Representatives actually authorized by Congress (by year for each state).
     
  4. The Minimum House District Size was established by the U. S. Constitution at 30,000 inhabitants.
     
  5. This is the hypothetical Maximum Number of House Representatives that could have been allocated to the state. This equal to the state’s total population divided by 30,000. For each decennial apportionment, this calculation is done in the ninth year of the decade (e.g., 1989) and is applied to the decade beginning the third year of the following decade (e.g., 1993 to 2002).
     

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... 
     it expects what never was and never will be.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Created: 15DEC2004
Last updated:1 5DEC2004
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