There's a saying in New Hampshire that if you live in the Granite State, you have either served as a state representative, are serving now or will serve eventually.
It's an exaggeration, but not by much. Its lower chamber has 400 members in a state of just 1,320,718 residents. That means that in New Hampshire, one out of every 3,302 people is a state representative. Compare that to California, where the state assembly includes just 80 members -- or one for every 475,518 residents. And the current ratio is far from a record in New Hampshire; in the early 1940s, when lawmakers acted to cap the size of the state House at 400, each state representative served a mere 1,230 people.