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SECTION IV— CHART B1

So how “mathematically equal” are our House districts? To answer that question, the table below shows the House district size for each state (i.e., the total population divided by the number of House Representatives) for the year 2000. The states are ranked by the size of their House districts (from largest to smallest).

Clearly evident is the significant inequality in the size of the districts across the country. This is because the requirement for a “strict equality of population for each congressional district” has not been applied nationally to the House, resulting in an egregious violation of the one-person-one-vote rule.

The Apportionment 435 Lottery
States are ranked according to the size of their
House districts, from largest to smallest.
The smaller the district, the greater the
Constituent Significance
of its citizens.
State*
Population
House Districts
    Number of Districts Absolute
Size
Relative
Size
Montana 905,316 1 905,316 1.40
Delaware 785,068 1 785,068 1.21
South Dakota 756,874 1 756,874 1.17
Utah 2,236,714 3 745,571 1.15
Mississippi 2,852,927 4 713,232 1.10
Oklahoma 3,458,819 5 691,764 1.07
Oregon 3,428,543 5 685,709 1.06
Connecticut 3,409,535 5 681,907 1.05
Indiana 6,090,782 9 676,754 1.05
Kentucky 4,049,431 6 674,905 1.04
Kansas 2,693,824 4 673,456 1.04
Wisconsin 5,371,210 8 671,401 1.04
South Carolina 4,025,061 6 670,844 1.04
Arkansas 2,679,733 4 669,933 1.04
Nevada 2,002,032 3 667,344 1.03
Michigan 9,955,829 15 663,722 1.03
Maryland 5,307,886 8 663,486 1.03
Washington 5,908,684 9 656,520 1.01
New York 19,004,973 29 655,344 1.01
Illinois 12,439,042 19 654,686 1.01
Texas 20,903,994 32 653,250 1.01
Idaho 1,297,274 2 648,637 1.00
New Jersey 8,424,354 13 648,027 1.00
Pennsylvania 12,300,670 19 647,404 1.00
Virginia 7,100,702 11 645,518 1.00
North Dakota 643,756 1 643,756 1.00
Arizona 5,140,683 8 642,585 0.99
Florida 16,028,890 25 641,156 0.99
California 33,930,798 53 640,204 0.99
Louisiana 4,480,271 7 640,039 0.99
Maine 1,277,731 2 638,866 0.99
Alabama 4,461,130 7 637,304 0.99
Massachusetts 6,355,568 10 635,557 0.98
Tennessee 5,700,037 9 633,337 0.98
Ohio 11,374,540 18 631,919 0.98
Georgia 8,206,975 13 631,306 0.98
Alaska 628,933 1 628,933 0.97
Missouri 5,606,260 9 622,918 0.96
North Carolina 8,067,673 13 620,590 0.96
New Hampshire 1,238,415 2 619,208 0.96
Colorado 4,311,882 7 615,983 0.95
Minnesota 4,925,670 8 615,709 0.95
Vermont 609,890 1 609,890 0.94
Hawaii 1,216,642 2 608,321 0.94
New Mexico 1,823,821 3 607,940 0.94
West Virginia 1,813,077 3 604,359 0.93
Iowa 2,931,923 5 586,385 0.91
Nebraska 1,715,369 3 571,790 0.88
Rhode Island 1,049,662 2 524,831 0.81
Wyoming 495,304 1 495,304 0.77

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Created: 3DEC2004
Last updated: 3DEC2004
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