Most Gerrymandered States 2021

Gerrymandering is defined as setting boundaries in electoral districts in order to give a political party an advantage. Redistricting is something that occurs in all states about every decade. While this is seen as a political exercise, in some instances, state legislators and governors control the redistricting and can give their political party an advantage over their opponents.

Gerrymandering first occurred when minorities were given the right to vote. Legislative bodies used gerrymandering to ensure that the political power of these voters was diminished. Today, gerrymandering may occur for various reasons, although there have been proposals for ways to prevent this from occurring. These proposals include hiring commissions for redistricting or putting alternative voting systems into place.

In some states, this practice is more common than in others. The top 10 most gerrymandered states in the U.S. include:

  • North Carolina: Has used Districts 1 and 12 for minority voters.
  • Maryland: Uses broken districts to give an advantage to Democrats.
  • Pennsylvania: Divides its major urban areas among other districts.
  • West Virginia: Changed six districts into just three.
  • Kentucky: Places urban populations in rural districts.
  • Louisiana: Combined Baton Rouge and New Orleans into one district to minimize Democratic votes.
  • Utah: Divides Salt Lake City into surrounding rural districts.
  • Texas: Has tried to propose districts that would unfairly affect minority voters.
  • Arkansas: Has drawn district boundaries to balance out city voters with rural voters.
  • Ohio: Unfairly distributed districts in a partisan way.

Most Gerrymandered States 2021

State 2021 Pop.
Alabama4,934,190
Alaska724,357
Arizona7,520,100
Arkansas3,033,950
California39,613,500
Colorado5,893,630
Connecticut3,552,820
Delaware990,334
Florida21,944,600
Georgia10,830,000
Hawaii1,406,430
Idaho1,860,120
Illinois12,569,300
Indiana6,805,660
Iowa3,167,970
Kansas2,917,220
Kentucky4,480,710
Louisiana4,627,000
Maine1,354,520
Maryland6,065,440
Massachusetts6,912,240
Michigan9,992,430
Minnesota5,706,400
Mississippi2,966,410
Missouri6,169,040
Montana1,085,000
Nebraska1,952,000
Nevada3,185,790
New Hampshire1,372,200
New Jersey8,874,520
New Mexico2,105,000
New York19,300,000
North Carolina10,701,000
North Dakota770,026
Ohio11,714,600
Oklahoma3,990,440
Oregon4,289,440
Pennsylvania12,804,100
Rhode Island1,061,510
South Carolina5,277,830
South Dakota896,581
Tennessee6,944,260
Texas29,730,300
Utah3,310,770
Vermont623,251
Virginia8,603,980
Washington7,796,940
West Virginia1,767,860
Wisconsin5,852,490
Wyoming581,075

Most Gerrymandered States 2021