The other day, the City Beat had a funny discussion with one of the other reporters. We wondered: Wouldn’t it be great if we could get another congressional representative? As in having two of them?
So I had to do a little research.
It turns out that the state with the smallest population that has two representatives is Rhode Island with an estimated 1,053,209 residents. The state with the largest population that has only one representative is Montana with an estimated 974,989 residents.
North Dakota has an estimated 638,613 residents. So to get to be like Rhode Island, we’d have to have 414,596 more residents, which means either a massive influx of new residents or a lot more babies being born.
Now I realize that’s a little rough. U.S. law says there can only be 435 representatives so when one state gains a representative some other has to lose. That means the threshold for getting another representative is always relative to the population of other states. But, it’s a bit too complicated for me to calculate so I’m just assuming Rhode Island’s population is the threshold number.
Assuming in-bound migration isn’t going to increase rapidly, the way to reach the target population would be to have more babies. Understand, I’m not serious. This is just a thought experiment!
The Census is estimating that the state has 216,051 residents age 20 to 44, roughly the age one might expect people to have kids. I’m sure teens could do it, too, but we don’t want to encourage that sort of thing. Assuming that the male-to-female ration is 50-50, that’s 108,025 couples. Each couple would then have to have 3.8 child on average.
I was thinking a mass octomom scenario, but this is still pretty crazy.