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Thank you for your Original Content, /u/cavedave!
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I saw talk recently about how it is unfair that there are more people per Senator in California than in Wyoming.
I saw people saying this inequality in population existed when the US was formed. I could not find any good graphs on how this inequality has changed.
Gini coefficient is commonly used to measure inequality especially in income. 0 everyone is the same. 1 one state has all the population. .33 is what you would get from a set of random binary values.
.34 to .5 might not seem much of a change in Gini coefficient but it is a fair amount. The UK today has an income inequality of .34. Rwanda today has an income inequality of .5
This graph only counts states once they become states. So DC and Alaska pre 1960 are not included. It also does not included enslaved people pre Civil War.
I think this graph says that inequality or representation in the Senate is worse than when the US was founded but it may not have changed recently.