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Congressional Communities
  -- Helping Americans Make Their Voices Heard by Congress

The U.S. 435 118th Congressional Districts (Jan 3, 2023 to Jan 3, 2025) have an average population of approximately 763,000 population, larger than three states (see in table). Boundaries for the 118th Congressional Districts (CDs) are now being established by state redistricting based on Census 2020. Elections in November 2022 will generally determine incumbents and party for each 118th CD. This section is about Congressional Communities, subdivisions of Congressional Districts, that can help Americans better have their voice heard by Congress.

North Carolina 116th CDs (black) in comparison to 118th CDs (orange)
North Carolina CDs have increased from 13 (116th) to 14 (118th). North Carolina is used in this section to illustrate how congressional communities relate to congressional districts. Similar features and developments apply to all states.


About Congressional Communities
Many CDs cover large areas, are elongated and extend over long distances and include areas very different from one another. Residents of congressional districts need a way to more effectively communicate their needs and participate in policy development. Providing a better voice from CD component areas can improve through Congressional Communities.

Congressional Communities (CCs) are geographic subdivisions of Congressional Districts (CDs). Developed and coordinated by the non-profit Congressional Communities organization, CCs offer a local identity -- characteristics more of that locale than the CD overall. Congressional Communities are intended to better enable Americans to make their voices heard by Congress.

North Carolina 118th Congressional District 03 & Congressional Communities
The following graphic illustrates how Congressional Communities (CC) relate to a Congressional District (CD). The pointer is located in CC 3703003, a part of CD 3703. See CD 3703 component CC interactive table below. This CD is shown by the pointer in the above map. In the following graphic, patterns of census tract population change (from 2010 to ACS2019) are shown in context of 118th CD (bold orange boundary). Congressional communities are shown with bold black boundaries with CC labels. The 2020 congressional communities are developed through use of Census 2020 blocks and block groups as further described below. This process insures that the total geography and demographics of all CCs in a CD match the geography and demographics for the corresponding CD.


Development & Features of Congressional Communities
Congressional communities are apolitical. The 2010 CCs numbered 7,446 with an average population of 45,000 .. an average of 17 CCs per CD. Unlike cities, CCs cover the U.S. wall-to-wall thus including rural and urban areas. Unlike census tracts, CCs include an area larger than one neighborhood. Development of CCs based on Census 2020 is now underway.

ProximityOne CV XE GIS tools and data are used to develop and manage Congressional Community geography. Stakeholders may view/examine CCs in context of CDs and other geography using the CV XE GIS tools and data and/or VDA Web GIS. ProximityOne specializes in the development of geographic, demographic, economic data pertaining to CDs and related geography and impact analyses/studies of wide-ranging events and CD-related policies; e.g., voting rights issues.

A 2020 CC is comprised of 2020 census blocks and 2020 block groups (BGs). The vintage 2020 geography is the current vintage geography from 2020 to 2030. A 2020 CC is formed by using as many whole BGs as possible. Near the edge of a CD, a BG might be split into blocks, where the blocks are then used.

A "starting point" to develop a CC involves a combination of factors:
Public Use Microdata Area (PUMAs)
  .. often starting with a PUMA (100,000 population or more)
  .. building out, one BG at a time, toward a target of 30,000-60,000 2020 population
  .. taking in the following factors plus adjacent area attributes
Cities, places and urban areas
Native American areas
National forest areas
National park areas
Military areas
General topology (land/water, highways, etc.)
Large business or government facilities/employment
Demographic similarity attributes
- percent demographic change since 2010
- Gini index, measure of income inequality
- other demographic factors

State Redistricting Status & Congressional Community Development .. interactive table .. goto top
  Click header cell twice to sort in descending order.


Locating Congressional Communities
One way to locate a Congressional Community (CC) is to use the VDA Web GIS. All that is needed is a Web browser. There is no cost. Personal information is not collected.
Click here to start VDA Web GIS

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