It would seem that the least mobile of our citizens are in Dist. 1, where 87 percent of persons one year and older lived in the same house as they did a year earlier.
Nearly one-quarter of Hoosiers claim German ancestry — 1.5 million persons, 23 percent. This concentration is greatest in Dist. 3 (31 percent) and least in Dist. 7. Persons of Irish descent (12 percent of the population) are most prevalent in Dist. 1.
Dist. 5 stands alone at the top of the money ladder with a median household income $61,130. The next best is Dist. 1 at $50,600; on the bottom rung is Dist. 7 at $37,150. About one-fifth of the families in poverty live in Dist. 7. Almost 29 percent of the households with incomes of $200,000 or more reside in Dist. 5.
Do facts matter in elections? Probably, the nine 2014 congressional races will be decided by passions and momentary distractions rather than the basic issues of who we are.
Morton J. Marcus is an economist, writer and speaker formerly with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.