8th Congressional District

8th-district map
Median age:
39.9
Per capita income:
$24,165
Individuals below poverty level:
11.9%
Ethnicity:
White: 94.4%; Black: 0.8%; Asian: 0.6%; Hispanic: 1.2%; American Indian: 2.5%
Distribution:
Urban: 37%; Rural: 63%

8th Congressional District

The 8th District encompasses about 18 Minnesota counties -- mostly rural and farmland. It includes Duluth, Cloquet, Chisolm, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, International Falls, and Brainerd. The nation's largest deposits of iron here were discovered there in the 1800s -- thus the nickname "Iron Range" that is bestowed upon much of the region. This has been a DFL district for generations, and Rep. Jim Oberstar has held the seat since 1974.


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