Infographic: What Congress Would Look Like If It Really Represented America
America is getting more and more diverse—for instance, our Hispanic population grew by 43 percent in the past decade alone—but you'd never be able to tell it by looking at our Congress. Here's what the House and Senate look like today, and what they would look like if they were demographically representative of our nation.
One thing not noted on this infographic is that, besides being nothing like America in terms of race, sex, or religion, our senators and representatives are also wholly different from most Americans in terms of wealth. We've said this before, but it bears repeating: The average American's net worth is $96,000. But the average Senator's net worth? $13.4 million. For House members that sum drops to "just" $5 million.
Does this represent your community?
Correction: This post originally suggested that there were no atheists in Congress. There is! His name is Pete Stark. We regret the error
The Ice Bucket Challenge Is Back With Some Seriously Good News We’re that much closer to finding a cure
One Tiny Orange Sweet Potato Could Change The World This tuber is the stuff of legends
Welcome To Medellin, Craft Beer’s New Frontier “I want to tell you about a special beer”
The Uglier The Fruit, The Better It Tastes: How Blemished Food Is Leading A Tastebud Revolution “There is a kind of beauty in imperfection”
This Illusion From 1533 Is Still Blowing People’s Minds It was created in 1533 by Hans Holbein the Younger
Drop Everything And Watch This Rare, Stinky Flower Bloom Live All of the beauty and none of the stench