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Population: Census 2008 divided by # of US Representatives

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RankRegionPopulation: Census 2008÷# of US RepresentativesResult
1Montana967,440.00÷1.00967,440.00
2Utah2,736,424.00÷3.00912,141.33
3Delaware873,092.00÷1.00873,092.00
4Nevada2,600,167.00÷3.00866,722.33
5Arizona6,500,180.00÷8.00812,522.50
6South Dakota804,194.00÷1.00804,194.00
7Idaho1,523,816.00÷2.00761,908.00
8Texas24,326,974.00÷32.00760,217.94
9Oregon3,790,060.00÷5.00758,012.00
10South Carolina4,479,800.00÷6.00746,633.33
11Georgia9,685,744.00÷13.00745,057.23
12Mississippi2,938,618.00÷4.00734,654.50
13Florida18,328,340.00÷25.00733,133.60
14Oklahoma3,642,361.00÷5.00728,472.20
15Washington6,549,224.00÷9.00727,691.56
16Arkansas2,855,390.00÷4.00713,847.50
17Kentucky4,269,245.00÷6.00711,540.83
18North Carolina9,222,414.00÷13.00709,416.46
19Indiana6,376,792.00÷9.00708,532.44
20Virginia7,769,089.00÷11.00706,280.82
21Colorado4,939,456.00÷7.00705,636.57
22Maryland5,633,597.00÷8.00704,199.63
23Wisconsin5,627,967.00÷8.00703,495.88
24Kansas2,802,134.00÷4.00700,533.50
25Connecticut3,501,252.00÷5.00700,250.40
26California36,756,666.00÷53.00693,522.00
27Tennessee6,214,888.00÷9.00690,543.11
28Alaska686,293.00÷1.00686,293.00
29Illinois12,901,563.00÷19.00679,029.63
30New York19,490,297.00÷29.00672,079.21
31New Jersey8,682,661.00÷13.00667,897.00
32Michigan10,003,422.00÷15.00666,894.80
33Alabama4,661,900.00÷7.00665,985.71
34New Mexico1,984,356.00÷3.00661,452.00
35Maine1,316,456.00÷2.00658,228.00
36New Hampshire1,315,809.00÷2.00657,904.50
37Missouri5,911,605.00÷9.00656,845.00
38Pennsylvania12,448,279.00÷19.00655,172.58
39Minnesota5,220,393.00÷8.00652,549.13
40Massachusetts6,497,967.00÷10.00649,796.70
41Hawaii1,288,198.00÷2.00644,099.00
42North Dakota641,481.00÷1.00641,481.00
43Ohio11,485,910.00÷18.00638,106.11
44Louisiana4,410,796.00÷7.00630,113.71
45Vermont621,270.00÷1.00621,270.00
46West Virginia1,814,468.00÷3.00604,822.67
47Iowa3,002,555.00÷5.00600,511.00
48Nebraska1,783,432.00÷3.00594,477.33
49Wyoming532,668.00÷1.00532,668.00
50Rhode Island1,050,788.00÷2.00525,394.00
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The Constitution sys that there is supposed to be not more than one representative per 35,000 people. Here we see a clear example of just how far astray the country has been lead. Most states have fewer than 1 representative per 700,000 people. In short, the people are vastly less represented and far more distant from their representatives than intended by the Framers. Further, there is the presumption that each citizen is equally represented in congress -- which is clearly a fraud given that huge disparity in these numbers. The citizens of some states are vastly more represented than others.

How does this happen? Why are Americans not rioting in the streets? This makes a joke of American democracy.

Actually if you read the constitution it says "The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand" which means that having one per 700,000 is perfectly legal....

Yeah, Anonymous #1, you've got it exactly wrong. It's "not more than one representative for every 30K people," not "not more than 30K people for one representative."

So we're fine.

yup, took a break today from my credit card processing job and read it again. This is a great site with great stats, really makes you think.

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Exactly correct! The idea is to prevent government exceeding the numbers it requires to function.
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LinkBuilding Service you've got it exactly incorrect. It's "not more than one associate for every 30K individuals," not "not more than 30K individuals for one associate."."

Yeah, we don't need more of this do nothing but help the rich representatives in our capital. Most of these guys are fat cats themselves so they have little in common with the majority of the people they represent.

*300,000

We have too many now! That is our problem... too many idiots that vote their party instead of what they honestly feel. Think about it... You put a bunch of people in a room and give them a problem. I would say 99% of the time they would find "The best answer." Yet our reps can never get it right because they VOTE THEIR PARTY and not their mind.

So... yes, we have way too many now. I think we should have about 5 per state no matter what size the state is. 250 (and that might even be too much)

That’s called the Senate... 2 per state. I say give more power to the states at least they try to stick to a budget. We do not need to spend out like Greece and now they are surprised there credit rating is what it is - and are challenged even further. The socialist demonstrating in the street of Greece for cutting back services - do they understand cash flow?

actually, studies show that they agree with the group instead. Even if they are wrong then they will still agree most of the time.

You're right, it's called groupthink. I absoluteley think that is what is happening in congress.

I agree, we don't need more of them. We need term limit as well so they won't be hanging around for a long time.

What we need is the missing piece of our government: an engaged citizenry to give the reps marching orders. Check out Center for Self-Governance.

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Yes because having 8714 representatives in Congress sounds like such a good idea are you kidding me how the heck are they supposed to fit that many people in the House.

Ask China.

No if you read the Federalist Paper, written by the framers, you realize its the other way around. It was meant to be 1 rep for every 30,000. In fact the first Amendment proposed to the Constitution was about the ratio and how to adjust it in the future.

It was one in fifty thousand, not 30. http://www.boldtruth.com

30k

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

Oh Yeah. How do you think the citizens of Washington, DC feel?

With regard to the House, "vastly" is a bit hyperbolic. The real issue of disparate representation is in the Senate. The Senate is, by its very design, undemocratic. But it has always been so. It was made so by the Framers. Abolishing the Senate would be lovely for democracy, but entirely unfeasible as it would require the Senate to approve its own dissolution.

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Maybe the people felt they couldn't afford over 8,500 representatives in Washington. I'm with you in decrying the fact that many people are vastly less represented that others, but not sure that it is astray from the framers intention ... not more than (not less than) one representative per 35,000

Also, I believe that representation is determined by the results of the decennial census--so you really need to compare # of reps to population in 2000, not 2008. Demographics can shift pretty substantially in 8 years. That may argue in favor of more frequent redistricting...

Interesting to compare with federal spending by population:
http://www.datamasher.org/mash-ups/federal-spending-population

At first glance, it appears Nevada, Utah and Florida get ripped off - being not only under-represented, but also underfunded, with a miniscule percentage of federal spending per person.

Wyoming seems to be sitting pretty, having the least people per representative, and the second-highest amount of federal money spent per person.

excellent stats on understanding the ration of lack of representation per capita

I'm with you in decrying the fact that many people are vastly less represented that others, but not sure that it is astray from the framers intention

Canada has a poor representation system as well. A few deputies are elected for sometimes hundreds of thousands of people, and in some instances, more than a million, dog tags for dogs.web design and online website design

1 representative per 700,000 people does seem pretty extreme to me. How could that possible be called democracy? There's is no way the could get in touch with their voters.

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In short, the humans are awfully beneath represented and far added abroad from their assembly than advised by the Framers. Further, there is the anticipation that anniversary aborigine is appropriately represented in assembly -- which is acutely a artifice accustomed that huge alterity in these numbers. The citizens of some states are awfully added represented than others. Watch Anime Online

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This is nothing compaired to a several other countries. Probably just in europe they got more people to represent them than here in the US.But somehow we still manage to do pretty well in my opinion, I don't feel we are missing out on anything and USA is still the great country in the world to live in.

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Canada has a poor representation system as well. A few deputies are elected for sometimes hundreds of thousands of people, and in some instances, more than a million, dog tags for dogs.

Its quite easy to understand the people representation. However its quite astonishing to read about this poor representation system.

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Wow its amazing how poor the people are representated! Though its not against the constitution, like explained by a few other commentators, it is frightening. If you compare it to a country like holland, with only 16 million people, they are so much better representated. But then, america has too many people to have on representator for every 35.000 people (like you seem to want).

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it appears Nevada, Utah and Florida get ripped off - being not only under-represented, but also underfunded, with a miniscule percentage of federal spending per person.Los Angeles SEO

A few deputies are elected for sometimes hundreds of thousands of people, and in some instances, more than a million
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Rhode Island has been quite lucky hey! they've got about 500.000 people per representative. thats stil a heck of lot of people to represent if you ask me. I'm quite lucky its not my job to represent 500.000 people's opinions.

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its quite astonishing to read about this poor representation system.

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