Homogenous District

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While the district size and its geographic make up varies from region to region and state to state, it is oftentimes plausible to categorize a district as either homogenous or heterogeneous based upon its racial and ethnic pluralities, as well as the constituents relative economic status. A homogenous district typically is comprised of individuals who are like-minded with similar opinions and district goals. However, in a heterogeneous district, there is a “difference between the dominant district group and the average voter” (Bishin, 2009, 126). Furthermore, the prominent industries within the district often also influence representatives because a large number of their constituents are employed by or affected by the actions of that industry…show more content…
Before this area became the 20th District through redistricting, the 21st District that Paul Tonko represented included all of Albany and Schenectady Counties, as well as parts of Montgomery, Rensselaer, and Saratoga County (“New York’s 21st Congressional District” 1). Although the 20th District today appears to be relatively small geographically, the population of the district sits at 720,133 because the district includes the urban center of Albany, as well as many surrounding suburbs, and numerous rural areas with plenty of room for its population ("New York's 20th Congressional District " 1). Politics in America claims that, “The [20th] district is small in comparison to some of the other upstate districts, but generally more diverse demographically” (Dye, 2015, 703). However, when examining the figures of both the racial and ethnic groups in the area, the district appears to be relatively homogeneous. Caucasians make up 80.9% of the district’s population, African Americans comprise 8.9% of the district, and Asians as well as other races make up less than 11% all together (United States Census). The prominent ethnicities in the district are Irish, Italian, German, and English, making up over 60% of the population in total (ibid.). In summation, the 20th District is more racially and ethnically diverse than other…show more content…
This trend continued in 2012 when 59.2% of the district voted to re-elect Obama, while 51.1% of the nation as a whole voted for Obama (“New York’s 20th Congressional District” 1). This aligns with the trend that has been included in multiple of our readings and videos that urban districts are typically smaller geographically, but that the residents are more supportive of democratic candidates who are more focused on issues that affect them (ex. supporting the local industries and
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