What would the US look like with 50 states, all with the same population?
Posted by David Brooks | Monday, February 18, 2013
Should we really be part of a state called Casco (as in Casco Bay) which covers New England's coast from Cape Cod to Canada? That's where a guy named Neil Freeman put us in a thought-provoking project, where he tossed out existing state boundaries and created 50 new states, each with equal population - thus solving the problem of unequal representation. From his blog:
The fundamental problem of the electoral college is that the states of the United States are too disparate in size and influence. The largest state is 66 times as populous as the smallest and has 18 times as many electoral votes. This allows for Electoral College results that don't match the popular vote. To remedy this issue, the Electoral Reform Map redivides the fifty United States into 50 states of equal population. The 2010 Census records a population of 308,745,538 for the United States, which this map divides into 50 states, each with a population of about 6,175,000.
You can see the map here and read his comments here: The borders were drawn largely by a population algorithm, not trying to make any political or cultural point. He notes that this is an "art project", not a serious proposal, but it's still very cool.
Our new state has more than four times New Hampshire's current population, by the way - and Boston is our capital. Ewwwwwww ....