What are communities of interest?

A community of interest is a neighborhood or community that would benefit from being in the same district because of shared interest, view or characteristics. Possible community features or boundary definitions include:

  • School attendance areas
  • Natural neighborhood dividing lines such as roads, hills or highways
  • Areas around parks and other landmarks
  • City borders
  • Common issues, neighborhood activities or legislative/election concerns
  • Shared demographic characteristics, such as:
  • Similar levels of income, education or linguistic isolation;
  • Ancestry (not race or ethnicity)
  • Languages spoken at home
  • Percentage of immigrants
  • Single-family and multifamily housing units

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1. What qualifications are needed to run for a district council seat?
2. After a councilmember is elected to a district seat, may the councilmember move out of the district?
3. What are the Federal and California Voting Rights Acts?
4. What are by-district elections?
5. What are communities of interest?