Census Data and Realigned Districts

I couldn’t care less about how the 2010 Census data and Congressional re-districting affects Democrats, Republicans and Obama’s re-election chances in 2012.

But what does interest me is this nugget from the WaPo: “Because of the nation’s population growth during the decade, the average congressional district will have 710,767 residents, compared with 646,942 in 2000. Back in 1790, the figure was 34,000.”

I know the 435 Congressional seats is a fixed number due to the Apportionment Act of 1911, but it seems as if that number is wholly inadequate to account for actual population growth.  It would make more sense to have one representative for every (insert number of your liking here) people, rather than a fixed number that does not change.

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