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The almanac of state legislatures : changing patterns, 1990-1997
Lilley, William.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 atlas (xvii, 387 pages) : color maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
At head of title: State data atlas.
Format :


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G1201.F7 L5 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This second edition of The Almanac of State Legislatures covers all 6,743 state senate and house districts to bring researchers the most current, accurate and detailed state-level information available on the economic and political landscape of the United States.

Data from the first edition, which was based on the 1990 census, has been updated to reflect late-decade census estimates. Included are many other sources of data so readers can easily spot the changes in the state legislatures and identify the emerging trends of today. Percentage changes from the 1990 census data, including population, average household income, district type, unemployment rate, college education, and ethnicity are also revealed.

Statistical profiles give a detailed snapshot of the current geographic, economic, political, and sociological composition of each district. District-by-district data profiles describe residents, including their age, ethnicity, income, education, and occupation. For the first time, one book provides comparison between the socio-economic makeup of each individual legislative district.

In addition, nearly 300 full-color computer-generated maps plot the precise geographic boundaries of each state legislative district, including 186 maps for dense urban areas, all based on district political boundaries drawn for the 1990s.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

New edition of a book that contains maps and legislative district profiles for each of the 50 states. We reviewed the first edition in our January 15, 1995, issue, calling it "a useful work for political researchers, lobbyists, and public interest groups."

Choice Review

The second edition of this almanac is timely and essential for students or researchers interested in comparing demographic data for state legislative districts. It pulls together information from all 50 states in a single source, making data easy to compare. The authors used 1997 data provided by Claritas Demographics, Inc. that show the extensive demographic changes that have occurred in the 1990s. The book is organized alphabetically by state with outline maps of state senate and house districts, followed by tables that contain demographic data for 6,744 districts. There are also outline maps of major cities in each state. Each state profile begins with an essay that provides information about demographic changes in the state, and how they might affect state legislative redistricting. Four-color maps show population growth or decline in percentages, and legislative district tables contain data on population, average household income, unemployment rate, percent college educated, and racial/ethnic makeup. These data depict the composition of state legislative districts at the end of the 1990s and give a foretaste of the reapportionment changes and battles that will occur after the 2000 Census. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and researchers. L. M. Stuart Johns Hopkins University