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Guardian graphic shows how many people like you are in Congress

Yesterday, The Guardian put out a fascinating interactive graphic that allows users to see just how many people in the elected Congress are “like them.”

By selecting your gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and education level, you can find out how many of the 522 elected officials (with another 13 seats still pending) fit the same profile.

If you’re a white, heterosexual male, between the ages of 45 and 64, with any degree higher than a bachelor’s, there are 152 people in Congress like you, according to The Guardian’s graphic. If you’ve just got a bachelor’s, there are 60 like you.

On the other hand, if, like this reporter, you’re a white, heterosexual female, under the age of 45 with a bachelor’s, there are a whopping two. (As an aside, I’m not old enough to serve in either the House or Senate.)

The numbers are similarly low or worse, depending on which category you fit into.

Here are the some of the numbers, per the graphic:

In all of Congress there are no Native American women and two Native American men; six asian women and three asian men; nine hispanic women and 23 hispanic men; 18 black women and 28 black men; and 68 white women and 362 white men.

You can play around with those numbers based on education level and sexual orientation and compare those demographics to nationwide numbers on The Guardian’s site.

The graphic notes, “(1) Our dataset did not include cross-categorization of ethnicity and race. All race categories ("white", "black", etc.) should be interpreted as non-hispanic. (2) The "under 45" category is meant to be inclusive, but – fun fact – the US Constitution bars those under the age of 25 from serving in the House of Representatives and you need to be 30 to serve in the Senate.”

How well are you represented?

(Special thanks to our online editor Jim Donaldson for sending me the link to this fun tool).