Q&A on the News

Q: What is the most populated county, per square mile, in the state of Georgia?

—Kurt Jocoy, Conyers

A: Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, the top three counties by population density are DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett, according to the Georgia Municipal Association.

DeKalb encompasses 268.3 square miles and has 740,321 residents, according to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Cobb is 340.2 square miles and has 748,150 residents, according to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Gwinnett is 437 square miles and has 907,135 residents, according to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

All three of the most populous counties per square mile are in the metro Atlanta area. In all, Georgia has 159 counties and a total estimated population of 10,310,371 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Q: Did the Supreme Court rule on Wisconsin’s gerrymandering?

—Don Penovi, Atlanta

A: In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Gill v. Whitford, a case focused on whether partisan gerrymandering of Wisconsin electoral districts deprives voters of their constitutional right to a vote.

The justices have not issued a decision, but a ruling is expected by June 2018, according to media reports.

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