Steve Schale crunches the Congressional reapportionment numbers

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Steve Schale has an extended post onhis blog in which he crunches the Congressional reapportionment numbers. Here is an excerpt:

…before getting into specific district-level data, if is noteworthy that there doesn? appear to be any significant correlation between a decrease in white resident population share or increase in Hispanic resident population share and the total growth of the district. The only real generalization worth making is districts with a higher proportion of minority or ethnic residents tend to have lower growth rates. So here are a few top line findings:

  • When the state goes from 25 to 27 districts, 17 current districts will shrink in population, while 8 will have to grow.
  • Of the 25 districts, 15 saw the proportion of non-white residents increase more than the statewide average. The biggest change: Rep. Dan Webster (CD-8), which saw non-white residents grow from 31.1% to 51.4%. The smallest change: Rep. Southerland, (CD-2) which saw only a 5% change in overall racial/ethnic make-up
  • Every district saw an increase Hispanic population share. 12 districts were over the statewide average, with the biggest change (21% of the population to 31%) seen in Rep. Wasserman Schultz? (CD-20) district.
  • Seventeen districts saw their black population share grow faster than the state average. The biggest increase, CD 19 (Deutch). The district with the most black residents: CD 17 (Wilson)
  • The most-diverse district: CD 25 (Rivera), which is also the district with the most Hispanic residents. The least diverse district: CD 10 (Young).
  • Interestingly, 37% of Hispanics live in one of the three Hispanic majority districts, and 37% of Blacks live in one of the three Black majority districts.
  • 58.9% of all Florida residents are registered voters. CD 1 has the highest proportion of registered voters (68%), while CD 25 has the lowest (45.8%).

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