July 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Census Bureau: find your brainiest, richest congressional districts
WASHINGTON — Rep. Suzan DelBene of Medina represents the wealthiest congressional district in Washington, while Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle has the most-educated constituents.
Those are among the factoids embedded in a new interactive tool, My Congressional District, unveiled by the Census Bureau Thursday. Using statistics from the American Community Survey, the site offers economic, educational and other demographic portraits of Washington’s 10 congressional districts.
The tool, which presumes a minimum level of civic literacy, does not allow you to locate your congressional district by address. To find your representative, visit the Washington State Legislature website.
Residents of Democrat DelBene’s 1st District have the highest median income, with $77,382 per household. The lowest household income is in Spokane Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ 5th District, $45,714.
Nearly 55 percent of McDermott’s 7th district residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. That compares to 38.8 percent for DelBene’s district, ranked No. 2, and just 20.8 percent for the 4th District, represented by Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Pasco.
The greatest concentration of non-white residents is in the 9th District, represented by Adam Smith, Democrat of Bellevue. Though Smith’s district was redrawn before the 2012 elections as Washington’s first majority-minority congressional district, 2011 census estimates show 57 percent of residents there as white.
McMorris Rodgers’ district has the highest share of whites with 89 percent. It also has the state’s largest population of people, 169,213, claiming German ancestry.
More than one of five residents in Hastings’s district lack health insurance, the highest rate in the state. The average uninsured rate for the four districts represented by Republicans is 15 percent, compared to 13.5 percent for the six Democratic districts.
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