The Demographics of America’s Governors: Race and Gender

This post will look at the demographics of America’s governors and compare them to the demographics of America itself. All in all, this series on the demographics of America’s governors examines:

  • Race and Gender

Gender

About half of Americans are male, and about half of Americans are female. Most of America’s governors, on the other hand, are male:

Out of the fifty governors in the United States, 44 are male and 6 are female as of October 8th, 2011. In other words, 88% of governors (about every nine out of ten) in the United States are currently males.

Race

Race is a bit more complicated than gender. According to the 2010 Census, 63.7% of Americans are white – which means that 36.3% of Americans are not white.

The majority of America is white, and similarly the majority of America’s governors are white:

Out of the fifty governors in the United States, 45 are white and 5 are minorities as of October 8th, 2011. Exactly nine out of ten governors in America is white.

Gender and Race

We can combine these two sets of data to get a map of America’s governors by both gender and race:

Out of the fifty governors in the United States, 41 are white males, 4 are white females, 3 are none-white males, and 2 are non-white females as of October 8th, 2011. White males overachieve quite splendidly; despite being less than one-third of the overall population, they compose more than four out of five of America’s governors. 82% of America’s governors are white males.

Conclusions

America is a very diverse place.

Its governors, on the other hand…not so much.

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2 Responses to The Demographics of America’s Governors: Race and Gender

  1. Earl Magruder says:

    In Califirnia both Senstors are Jewish and females. So much for diversity. What about basketball teams? 80% of our legislators are lawyers although lawyers are about 2 million or less than 1 % So where do you want to go with this?

    • inoljt says:

      I’m proud that both my senators are female; there aren’t enough female politicians in America. I don’t know enough to say whether or not they’re Jewish.

      What about basketball teams?

      What about lawyers? I don’t think it’s a good thing that 80% of our legislators are lawyers.

      The point is that America’s governors are extremely unrepresentative of America as a whole, to an extent that shocked me.

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