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Minority population changes reflected in new maps

  • Blog Post by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
  • February 21, 2012 - 9:37 PM

The congressional district lines the judicial panel released Tuesday reflect the increasing minority population in Minnesota.

For the first time, the 5th congressional district is considered a “minority opportunity district,” which means it has greater than 30 percent minority population, and the 4th congressional district is nearly there.

In the court’s configuration, the 5th District, which includes Minneapolis and is currently represented by Keith Ellison, would have 35 percent minority residence and the 4th, which includes St. Paul and is represented by Betty McCollum, would have 29 percent. Those figures are up from just under 29 percent in the 2002 maps for the 5th and 22 percent for the 4th.

The figures for minority voting age populations in the districts is considerably lower.

The minority population of the state’s other districts increased as well. The 3rd District increased from 11.4 percent to 19 percent; the 2nd District from 8 percent to nearly 16 percent and the 1st district from 6.8 percent to 11.6 percent.

The number of "minority opportunity districts" increased in the legislature as well. Based on the new maps, there are 14 such districts in the House and seven in the Senate. There were 11 such districts in the House a decade ago and six in the Senate.

According to the court's documents, Minnesota’s minority population increased from 12 percent in 2002 to nearly 17 percent in the 2010 numbers.

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