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Why Do Council Districts Have to be Redrawn?
- The current eleven County Council Districts were specified in the charter for the new county government that was approved by voters in 2009.
- The current County Council Districts were drawn before the 2010 U.S. census was available. Therefore, the current County Council Districts are based on population estimates.
- The 2010 U.S. Census showed that some County Council Districts had too many residents while others had too few.
- By law, each County Council District is required to have a similar number of residents.
- According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Cuyahoga County has a total of 1,280,122 residents. Therefore, the average size of a County Council District is approximately 116,374 residents.
- As a general rule, the population of any given County Council District can vary ±5% from the average district population. Thus, the population of any given district should be between 110,556 (-5%) and 122,193 (+5%).
- These new County Council Districts will be in place for the next 10 years. The 11 County Council Districts will not have to be re-drawn again until after the 2020 U.S. Census data is available.
What is the population* of the current County Council Districts?
The population of three of the current Council Districts are more than +5% of the average district population. These districts have too many people.
Six of the current Council Districts are within ±5% of the average district population. The size of these districts are within range.
The population of the two remaining current Council Districts are more than 5% below the average district population. These districts do not have enough people.
* Counts compiled by Cleveland State University