The district you live in depends on if you are looking at the city, state, or federal level. The district lines for the U.S. Congress is different from that of the state House and Senate or Philadelphia’s City Council. The city of Philadelphia is also divided into 66 wards and a total 1,703 voting divisions.
Redrawn every 10 years after the federal Census, political boundaries are essential to our representation in government.
The current U.S. congressional districts were drawn by the PA Supreme Court after it found the districts drawn by the PA General Assembly after the 2010 Census to be unconstitutional. Following the 2020 Census, a stalemate between the Legislature and Governor Tom Wolf led to the high court again determining the state's congressional map. The new 17-district map will be used in the 2022 midterm elections (to take effect in January 2023).
The current state House and state Senate districts were drawn by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, a five-member, bipartisan body enshrined in the state Constitution. This powerful commission redrew these districts -- 50 for the Senate and 203 for the House -- following the 2020 Census and for use in the 2022 elections (to take effect in January 2023).
The Philadelphia City Council districts currently in effect were also drawn following the 2010 Census and will be used through 2023. A new Council map approved in February 2022 will be used for the 2023, 2027 and 2031 municipal elections when all 17 Council seats -- 10 district and 7 at-large -- will be on the ballot.