The Most District: What’s America’s smallest congressional district? New York’s 13th | Daily KOS

By David Jarman

13th District NYC Map

The nation’s smallest, and most dense, congressional district, is New York’s 13th Congressional District. The tiny 13th occupies only 10.25 square miles of land area (or 12.98 square miles of total area, including water, if you prefer); according to the 2010 Census, that’s 69,994 people per square mile. There are only four other congressional districts that are smaller than 20 square miles; unsurprisingly, they’re also all in New York City, but the 13th edges out the others as the smallest.

The 13th’s ancestor districts (for instance, it was the 15th, in the 2000s) were limited only to the northernmost parts of Manhattan, especially Harlem, Washington Heights, and Morningside Heights. Due to 2012 redistricting, however, saw it expand into the Bronx. Traditionally, this was an African-American district, with Harlem’s main corridor, 125th Street, and attractions like the Apollo Theater, at its core. However, at this point, the district has a Hispanic majority, with a large Dominican population in Washington Heights and Inwood, and Puerto Ricans in Spanish Harlem. And 55 percent​ of its residents are Hispanic in 2014, but thanks to gentrification, the fastest-growing demographic in this district may actually be whites, currently at 14 percent of the district.

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