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  •  In Fairness (3+ / 0-)
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    Well over half of almost every state's population is in a single metropolitan area provided that they have a major metropolitan area.

    California, Texas, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Missouri are the only states that isn't true of (I think... might be missing one or two).

    23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

    by wwmiv on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:44:22 AM PST

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    •  California (3+ / 0-)

      If LA/Orange County and the Inland Empire are considered one metropolitan area, then they are just under 50% of the state's population.

      For more election analysis and redistricting maps, check out my blog http://racesandredistricting.blogspot.com/ CA-2 (former CA-6) College in CA-37

      by Alibguy on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:48:21 AM PST

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      •  But they aren't (0+ / 0-)

        Although they may become consolidated into a single metropolitan area within the next five years. They currently satisfy the employment pattern requirements, but the development requirements have been just underneath what is necessary for consolidation the last few revision cycles.

        In order to become a single metro, they need to have corridors or urban growth which are at least five miles wide connecting them. Though the most recent revisions to the qualifications may make room for this to be fudged, because prior they did not take into consideration environmental blockage of urban growth (which can limit the width of development).

        When they are consolidated, it's likely they'll be considered separate metropolitan divisions a la Dallas and Fort Worth.

        23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

        by wwmiv on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:56:37 AM PST

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    •  I was simply backing up NMLib's assertion (0+ / 0-)

      about the west coast.  Throwing out your qualification about "major metro area" I can think of a lot of other states which don't have such a high concentration of population in one metro area, just considering the size of those urban areas to their states: SC, AL, MS, IA, KS, NE, KY, TN...

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:53:20 AM PST

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      •  Alabama (Birmingham 1.1 million) (1+ / 0-)
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        Kentucky (Louisville is 1.3 million) and Tennessee (Memphis and Nashville are both over 1 million) all have major metropolitan areas.

        Perhaps I should take back my comment, as Alabama and Kentucky, though with a single major metro, don't really fit into that.

        23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

        by wwmiv on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:03:30 AM PST

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        •  I didn't say they didn't. (0+ / 0-)

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:05:10 AM PST

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          •  Yes you did: (1+ / 0-)
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            throwing out your qualification about "major metro area" I can think of a lot...
            Either way my statement was clearly false, so I'm not bugging.

            23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

            by wwmiv on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:06:22 AM PST

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            •  I meant I was considering all states, (0+ / 0-)

              not just the ones you weren't considering.

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:55:59 AM PST

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        •  Is that the entire Louisville metro (0+ / 0-)

          or just the KY side? Have to imagine a decent chunk of that would be IN.

          Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

          by sapelcovits on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:25:10 PM PST

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