Student Loan Debt: How Big Will the Bubble Grow?

It’s universally understood that college is an expensive place, and there’s no easy way of escaping graduation without incurring some amount of debt. The real question is, “just how much?” When you talk to people about their student loans, it’s not uncommon to hear them bragging about only owing $10,000 – which isn’t too bad for a quality education – but there are people who graduate with so much more than that. The sheer explosion of student loan debt has many people worrying that we are watching another financial bubble in the making.

The U.S. Census and the Amazing Apportionment Machine

With the Census now complete and the counts for each state finalized, now is the time to divide the seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states. In a process called apportionment, the seats are divided based on the population figures from each state. Through the animation below, the U.S. Census Bureau explains how apportionment works and how the apportionment formula is applied to ensure equal representation for all, just as the constitution originally dictated.

Growing alongside the US population, which currently sits at 308,745,538 people, the number of seats in the House has increased from 65 Representatives in 1787 to it’s current number of 435, set in 1913.

To view the history of apportionment and population through the last century, be sure to check out the highly detailed interactive map widget after the video.